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Date Posted: 10:43:45 09/16/16 Fri
Author: Requiem for a dinosaur
Subject: Re: Names?
In reply to: Registrar 's message, "Names?" on 17:16:19 08/31/16 Wed

By my count, about 35 from the third floor of D.L. Clark will take the buyout. When you factor in the "retired" and "seeking opportunities elsewhere" among the senior editorial leadership, plus those with less than five years in who are actively interviewing elsewhere, you're going to witness an exodus of at least 40 from the newsroom.

Who cares about the second floor? This disaster was their making. If anyone should be out, they should.

If you asked those who already left, they would say that they lost faith in the second floor to manage a business and never harbored much confidence in Luis and Jeremy as replacements for Frank and Jim.

For what they're worth, the rumors portend the shuttering of most of the Pittsburgh operation by December, the consolidation of the Valley and Greensburg print products and the withdrawal from circulating in much of Allegheny County.

But they're just rumors. The problem is that management hasn't been very forthcoming, and what few pronouncements fluttered down from their perches were contradictory or murky.

What do I know? I decided to stay, so I'll probably be out soon enough.

Any place hiring?

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[> [> Re: Names? -- Darth, 23:21:25 09/16/16 Fri [1]

End game that should be but probably won't be.

Shutter Pittsburgh. Sell Greensburg and Tarentum separately.

There are smaller chains would jump at both. McKeesport wasn't bought but Connellsville and Kittanning were. The owners of the new Mon Valley Independent bought the Trib's Valley Independent assets and started a paper focused on print and local news. It could work in the Mon Valley.

Don't consolidate VND and Westmoreland Trib. The latter looks like a Chamber of Commerce publication with crime reports and Pellegrino's McNickle lite editorial page.

Of course if you divested this way, TTM would go and then Jennifer and her "team" would have to be job-hunting themselves, wouldn't they? Not sure they'd like that.

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[> [> Re: Names? -- Michael Motorcycle, 06:43:06 09/20/16 Tue [1]

This was a second floor problem? This statement confuses me. Didn't the third floor have three times the national average of editorial employees for a paper with this circulation? I guess having 150 extra employees for 20 years didn't contribute to the wasteful spending. Maybe if Frank or Ralphie boy ever looked at the bottom line instead of robbing Dick blind, the Trib wouldn't be in this situation. On the other hand, Dick could of left his money to the newspaper and all would be well. Dick didn't do that so now the paper has to make cuts to stay viable. Its not rocket science, its business. Everything I am hearing is the Trib newsroom is happier than they have been in a long time. I wonder if that has anything to do with the change in leadership...

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[> [> [> Re: Names? -- Velocipede, 15:52:07 09/20/16 Tue [1]

Dick wanted to pretend he was a mogul with his playtime empire and freely spent to indulge himself, convinced he could destroy the PG, now almost certain to outlast the Trib in a severely depleted form. The recent departures included most of Dick's zealots like Craig, Cuddy, McNickle, Bish, Heyl and Zito. So there may be a "happy Trib newsroom" yet it may prove a hollow victory. The money earmarked to keep the paper afloat is the focus of the Scaife offspring legal action. That money is not available, so Dick's dream will likely die.

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/11/06/Scaife-children-say-they-were-kept-in-dark-about-trust-as-it-was-drained/stories/201511060165

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[> [> [> [> Re: Names? -- Michael Motorcycle, 07:34:08 09/21/16 Wed [1]

I agree that Dick did whatever he wanted trying to put the PG out of business. That is why the newsroom was so large. Once Dick passed, changes had to be made. The leadership at the time(Ralph, Frank & Yale G)Were incapable of making these changes. That is why they are no longer there. The only hope they have is the current leadership. From the looks of it, they are doing everything possible to ensure the papers survival. Once all the changes are finalized the Trib will/should FINALLY be on solid ground. The same cant be said for the PG.

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[> [> [> [> [> Re: Names? -- Vespa, 23:18:33 09/21/16 Wed [1]

So, the PG has the parent, Block Communications, a very profitable media company that owns the Blade, cable systems and TV stations, behind it. You really think that in a city like Pittsburgh, that could only ever support only one daily, that survivor will be the Trib? What makes you think they can diminish a product that was always mediocre at best to practically nothing, and attract enough readers and advertisers to survive? The remaining staffers, editors and reporters alike, are largely so-so or bottom of the barrel types whose work was never better than mediocre.

The new corporate leaders are bean counters on a fool's errand. Maybe you think people will accept anything. Trib cheerleaders always tend to have a "Baghdad Bob" quality about them. But even when Scaife bloated the newsroom, the Trib was never the success he claimed it to be. He gave away thousands of copies to create an illusion of growth.

Whatever happens to the PG, and its survival is by no means certain, the Jennifers at TTM are not going to do anything but delay the inevitable. If they are the only hope, it's no hope at all.

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[> [> [> [> [> Question for Michael-- -- Enquiring mind, 14:43:37 09/22/16 Thu [1]

So tell us, what demographic will MAYBE put the Trib on "solid ground?" The place is imploding, and people think that Pittsburghers will embrace it?

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