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10 jobs eliminated at Journal-World, weekly newspapers

January 12, 2012

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Ten jobs in the news and advertising departments are being eliminated at the Journal-World and its sister weekly newspapers, managers told employees Thursday.

Additionally, other positions recently vacated by resignations will not be filled, said Ralph Gage, director of special projects.

The contraction of the work force is a direct result of the economic conditions affecting the company, he said. He added that the company will continue to evaluate its needs and opportunities in the markets it serves.

Comments

LogicMan 2 years, 10 months ago

Very bad news.

Subscribe to and advertise in the Journal-World if you can, or else this site may go away.

windjammer 2 years, 10 months ago

Like the Ottawa Hearld did also the Journal World will do. If you are not a LJW newspaper subscriber you will not get on this site for free. Just a matter of time.

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 10 months ago

That's very strange. I just now signed onto the Ottawa Herald and read the news in Ottawa, and I didn't have to pay a dime to do it.

http://www.ottawaherald.com/

twaldaisy 2 years, 10 months ago

You have to have a subscription to receive a sign on in order to read the entire story, get to obits/births, and all the news stories not just the top news

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 10 months ago

oh,,, I bet they let you look at the ads for free, though!

hawksfanatic 2 years, 10 months ago

So, who's getting the sack. I hope not Tait.

Michael Auchard 2 years, 10 months ago

I highly doubt the sports guys are going to get the sack. College athletics pays for this newspaper.

nocrybabies 2 years, 10 months ago

I feel really bad for people losing their jobs. Too many are good employees and workers and get cut for reasons beyond their control.

Armored_One 2 years, 10 months ago

So why no reports about Gannett cancelling their printing operations at the Journal World in regards to the USA Today... There are several people in that part of the building that are going to be impacted.

Ronda Miller 2 years, 10 months ago

This is sad to hear. I certainly hope all parties involved are able to secure other employment.

Mr. Gage has done an outstanding job over his career. He's a caring and compassionate person. I'm certain this is most difficult for him to witness.

Best of luck to all concerned.

Take_a_letter_Maria 2 years, 10 months ago

Yes, Ralph was simply passing through marching orders that were handed down to him.

I'm sure those that had to come up with the cost savings recommendations weren't real happy about making the decisions they returned to Ralph so he could pass them back up the ladder.

Good luck to those now looking for employment. Look at this as a new beginning and leave any bitterness behind. In the long run it will be much better for you as your search continues.

skinny 2 years, 10 months ago

Maybe if the LJWorld started reporting the local news like other papers in the area they'd sale more advertising and subscriptions!! Look at the Manhattan Mercury as an example of good local reporting of the news!!

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 10 months ago

Actually, the print subscriptions are a big money losing operation, as is the case with almost all newspapers. The revenue from the advertising is what allows the paper edition to operate at a loss.

I specifically asked Dennis Anderson, the Journal-World Managing Editor, about that at the "Coffee With the Editors" a couple months ago, and both he and Caroline Trowbridge, the Community Editor, emphatically agreed that the advertising revenue is what makes it possible for the print edition to be distributed at such a large financial loss.

jessie 2 years, 10 months ago

Have to disagree with you about the Mercury. I wish it contained "good local reporting of the news". The best thing about the Mercury is that it doesn't take much time to read it.

Very sorry to hear about the job cuts @ the LJW.

gl0ck0wn3r 2 years, 10 months ago

The Mercury is a terrible newspaper. There are things I do not like about the LJW but it is far superior to the Mercury and many papers much larger than itself. It competes in a tough environment between two regional competitors that can outspend it and provides a website that is far less annoying than other regional papers.

Shardwurm 2 years, 10 months ago

One thing is certain - Only liberals and supporters of KU will survive the cut.

rockchalker52 2 years, 10 months ago

Hell, autie & RoeDapple ought to be paid for each comment they make. Outstanding entertainment.

Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 10 months ago

Oh wow. How much would I owe by now? I suppose it would depend on if you were charged by the word, or by how many postings.

tomatogrower 2 years, 10 months ago

Yet, I thought I saw an advertisement this morning for a digital ad person. Why are the advertising positions?

Flap Doodle 2 years, 10 months ago

Comedy Gold on this award-winning website. Not every day or on every thread, but still your best entertainment value.

08Champs 2 years, 10 months ago

I must agree - I would subscribe to the print edition if there was more local coverage (including towns surrounding Lawrence). Pick up a hard copy and count how many articles are local, and how many are AP, etc.

Steve Jacob 2 years, 10 months ago

How papers are surviving is the local news. Stuff you can't get anywhere else.

Mark Poepsel 2 years, 10 months ago

"I would subscribe if there were more local coverage."

If you subscribed, they could afford more reporters to cover local news. Do you have any idea how hard people are working to get a paper out every day, even one that can only afford, because of the decline in print advertising, to put out 5-6 pages of local news each day?

It's pretty simple. If you look at a broadsheet inside the paper, close to half should be advertising and the other half news, weather, etc. The ads pay for the rest of the stuff that goes around the ads, which is the local news for the LJ World and always has been.

I'm really sick of people telling these news workers who have been doing the jobs that used to take 2 or 3 people to do that they just need to do more work for less with less advertising and then I'll condescend to drop a whopping medium coffee a week to support local democracy through political, events, education, health and other coverage.

If it truly bothers you that you might not have local news, subscribe. Don't put conditions on it to hide the fact that you're cheap. Or, alternatively, you could keep your comments to yourself with regard to a story about a century-old newspaper losing almost a quarter of its news and advertising staff.

Also, in media ownership and management in general, the owners are most often conservative, the general management is moderate to moderate conservatives and many of the people in news management are community oriented idealist liberals. Sometimes they drive news and/or opinion coverage, but news managers never really run the business. Reporters are anywhere from libertarians to marxists and anywhere else on or off the loop, if you can get opinions out of them, but most don't have time to think about global politics because they're working their asses off.

dontsheep 2 years, 10 months ago

Long read, but well worth it. The LJW can be successful and viable in the future, but it better start thinking differently.

http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2012/01/newspapers-paywalls-and-core-users/

Boston_Corbett 2 years, 10 months ago

Well written and thoughtful article. Thanks for sharing.

Kookamooka 2 years, 10 months ago

The end of corporate journalism is here. Future models for news coverage will be "grassroots." Passionate group of aficionados will start blogs that they freely contribute to, then some "stealer" like the ljworld will aggregate the content, sell advertising and voila- we'll all have our "news'. Unfortunately, the content will be painfully hard to read due to lack of editors but we'll sacrifice quality for sensationalism. Americans. The world has it right. We are a very cruel and stupid people.

irvan moore 2 years, 10 months ago

i think this is a bigger story than the coverage it got in the newspaper, what percentage of ljw employees is it that were terminated? what jobs were done away with?

Amy Heeter 2 years, 10 months ago

The key language is " weekly papers" the surround.ding areas ie bonner springs ect.

dontsheep 2 years, 10 months ago

This isn't a left/right thing. This is the evolution of an entire market and industry. Most of whom want to fight the inevitable.

Boston_Corbett 2 years, 10 months ago

This is bad news. And those who complain about the LJW do not read many papers in similar sized markets.

Recently, in just a single year, over 20,000 reporters and editors lost their jobs through newspaper closures, downsizing, and restructurings in the US. (I believe that was for calendar 2009)

Not good.

rockchalker52 2 years, 10 months ago

For the record, I subscribe to LJW because I don't like reading the funny pages online. One of the most impressive things about the reporters is how they handle the sometimes overly snarky online criticism of their performance. Warranted or not ( and it's usually not ) LJW employees always take the high road & respond to the criticism instead of the insulting undertone. That's pretty cool & I hope more of us, myself included, will follow that example.

patriot131976 2 years, 10 months ago

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gkearney 2 years, 10 months ago

There is real danger to a newspaper in letting members of it's news staff go. That danger is they can end up being your competition.

Now in the past it was far to expensive to get into the newspaper game you needed access to a press, paper and so on. Now however the cost of entry is almost nothing. These former employee can set up shop in someone living room. They would not have any of the costs that the LJW would have, no building, no press, no expensive overhead of any kind. Yet the product they could produce would look every bit as much a "real" news outlet as the LJW does. Further the LJW has provided them with training and the background in the community. Lawrence isn't that big and people in town will know these people when they start to call for news or advertising.

Newspapers need to think twice before letting people go like this they may well be creating the one thing they are not able to deal with right now and that is a nimble online competitor who has none of the standing costs that they do and whose income requirements are a faction of what they would require.

verity 2 years, 10 months ago

I read a variety of news online and subscribe to no newspapers.

1 I prefer reading online to a physical newspaper

2 I can read more newspapers/news that way

3 The news is updated faster

4 I'm not discarding a lot of paper that I never read

5 It's less expensive (as in zero cost) and I'm cheap

If the LJW started charging a reasonable amount to access online, I would pay it because I appreciate being able to get news about the state and local government, besides many of the other articles---and, despite the ridicule and a number of trolls, the posters on here are better than a lot of other places.

With the changing technology and financial climate, newspapers are going to have to make a lot of changes to survive and the decisions are not going to be easy. While having access to so much information online is great, there is little or no accountability for content and much garbage is passed off as fact. We all lose when we lose local reporters who we know or at least know about.

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