Thursday, August 28, 2008
The guild's top 4 issues, in order as outlined on its blog: Job security, health care, wages and retirement benefits.
Lee's top issue: Cost control and savings.
If the two sides cannot come to an agreement during expedited bargaining, regular bargaining will start in the spring.
This follows other layoffs at Lee papers. I know more are coming -- details will be published as soon as I get them.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
In the past this month, layoffs were made at 3 Idaho papers (North Side News, Gooding County Leader and Southern Idaho Press), The Times of Northwest Indiana and The Lincoln Journal Star.
Lee Enterprises CEO Mary Junck told the Cribb Greene Report, "There was a time when no one published on holidays. Maybe we should go back to that concept. We're considering the idea now." Eliminating some sections on certain days of the week — or even dropping entire Monday or Tuesday editions — are other ideas she might consider.
Just remember: You still wouldn't get the holiday off, just the day before the holiday. (Although dropping the Monday paper would give everyone Sunday off.) Thoughts?
It includes moving comics, advice columnists and puzzles to a 4-page daily section; cutting 3 daily features sections (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays); cutting TV grids; revamping a couple of features sections; combining the metro and A sections on Mondays.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
We are excited to announce two staff changes that we believe will accelerate our efforts to sharpen our local news report.
ADAM GOODMAN is now deputy managing editor for Metro and Business News.
Adam has terrific credentials for this expanded leadership role and one of our priorities in making this move is strengthening our coverage through collaboration between business and metro reporters. Adam shares our commitment to strong local business coverage.
In coming weeks, Adam will be assessing the overall structure of the two departments and it is possible some assistant editors will be supervising teams that include metro and business reporters.
Adam brings to the position deep familarity with the St. Louis business world, thanks to his many years as a business reporter and editor. His beats included real estate, banking, aerospace and defense. He moved to Metro in the late 1990s as an assistant editor and subsequently has had stints as environmental reporter, science editor and deputy metro editor. He was named assistant managing editor in 2005.
When we recently asked Adam to lead our coverage of the Anheuser-Busch saga, he swiftly organized an expanded team of business and metro reporters and editors and helped them identify and execute a series of smart enterprise stories while also keeping on top of breaking developments. The resulting coverage distinguished us as a leading source on this important story.
IRV HARRELL moves to join the Metro/Business team as an assistant editor. Irv will continue to spend about a third of his time leading our newsroom recruiting efforts. Irv will assume his new duties shortly after returning from vacation later this month.
Irv knows his way around a newsroom: he's been a designer, a copy editor, assistant news editor and night city editor and in addition to the Post-Dispatch has worked at several newspapers in Florida, including The Tampa Tribune and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Until last year, he worked on Adam's team as politics editor.
Please join us in congratulating Adam and Irv.
-- Arnie Robbins & Pam Maples
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Lee Enterprises' (NYSE: LEE) CEO Mary Junck gained a 17.8% increase to her pay, to about $3.4 million, even though Lee's stock price was chopped in half during the year.
Something to keep in mind as Lee cuts jobs and closes papers.
Lee's stock is now worth less than $4. Slightly more than a gallon of gas. About the price of a meal at McDonald's. Or a cup of coffee at Starbucks (if you still have one in your neighborhood).
Thursday, August 7, 2008
In coming days, you’ll notice some changes in your Metro section.
To better reflect our regional commitment, beginning Monday all of our local-news sections will come under the “Metro” banner. You will continue to see a section packed full of the most significant and interesting news and features from your area and the entire region. And you can still expect that Post-Dispatch reporters stationed in our offices in St. Charles County, St. Louis County, St. Louis city, Jefferson County and the Metro East will dig up the biggest stories in our area — with additional help from P-D reporters in our Jefferson City, Springfield, Ill., and Washington D.C., bureaus.
Beginning Aug. 11, all lottery results and jackpot information will be moving to Page 2 of the A-section. This should make the numbers even easier to find and in the same place each day. Also on Aug. 11, columnist Bill McClellan will take his wit to Page 2 of the A-section as well. Bill’s new — and conveniently located — home recognizes his long-standing contribution to the community. Bill’s column will continue to run every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
We also are excited to announce the addition of Susan Weich as a regionwide Metro columnist beginning Wednesday. St. Charles County readers have been enjoying Susan’s columns since December, but we now want to share Susan’s keen eye for suburban stories and issues with all of our readers. Her column will run in the Metro section on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Sylvester Brown’s column will continue to run in the Metro section on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
As always, we want you to know we value your support and suggestions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 314-340-8258 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact deputy metro editor/suburban Marcia Koenig, 314-340-8142, email@example.com.
Assistant Managing Editor/Metro
Saturday, August 2, 2008
The last day for the Southern Idaho Press is Aug. 16. The last day for the North Side News and Gooding County Leader, both weeklies, will be Aug. 14.
In April, Lee sold the Wood River Journal in Hailey and closed two weeklies, the Lincoln County Journal in Shoshone and the Minidoka County News in Rupert.
- Business editor Bill Bero
- Sports columnist John O'Malley
- Society columnist Adele Mackanos
- Community reporter Barb Martin
- Web designer Bobby Koskinas
- 2 niche products employees
- 5 advertising employees
In a story in Saturday's Times (it looks like it wasn't published online?), publisher Bill Masterson Jr. said paper is a healthy business -- the "fastest-growing English-language daily newspaper in the United States." Of course, he also said Lee's third-quarter print ad revenue dropped 8.2 percent; CNN says it was 10.1 percent.