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Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

Ever since I removed The Tennessean from my Google news feed, I feel like I've fixed the whole internet. Good riddance to their Romney-endorsing toilet paper.

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Posted by David Gilmore on 08/18/2014 at 10:57 PM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

Revenue curves don't lie. Given the most optimistic of curves for digital revenue, then adding in the most optimistic of curves for television revenue, when that combined line crosses (2017-2020) with the most optimistic projections of revenue loss from print, Gannett revenue is half what it was a few years ago. That translates into job loss and increased work load on staff.

Posted by Ifnej on 08/18/2014 at 3:18 PM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

The problem with journalism in the United States is Gannett, specifically the corporate culture within its upper management.

From the 80's through 90's positions in newsrooms of Gannett newspapers were coveted; morale was high, and employees felt as though they were making a difference in the communities where they worked.

During the times of "Milk and Honey" at Gannett many of their publications were hitting 25-35 percent profit margins. Profit margins that were well above the historic levels of most newspapers in this country, and completely unsustainable.

Early in the 2000's things changed, profit margins started a dramatically decline. Within the company there was a perceived need for news gathering operations to update from being predominately print oriented to becoming what was hoped would be 24/7 multimedia operations.

No thought was given to the problem of monetizing such an esoteric, and at the time undefined medium as was the internet of just a decade ago.

Gannett's initial foray into the "newsroom of the future" was to remove the newsroom all together from the newspaper in what was to become the "Information Center." The information center came along at the time of the first round of lay-offs which decimated many papers of their senior reporters, section editors and copy editors, replacing those positions with "content producers" willing to work long hours at low wages with little coaching and editing from the more experienced staffers that were earlier released from their positions.

News gathering and editing resources were being grossly realigned and misused affecting the quality of the finished product.

Readers and advertisers see the changes, and they don't like what they see: fewer pages, strangely written news stories, poor copy editing, crappy coverage of local events, bias outside the opinion page, cookie cutter design, meaningless photographs and what's with stuffing USA Today into my local newspaper..Really..has the staff been decimated to such point where we can't have local content where local content belongs... Give me a ****ing break.

News has value, journalists should be valued.

Gannett has taken a newspaper that was once respected in its community and turned it into nothing more than mediocre rag, and they've done it at every publication in their portfolio.

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Posted by Canyon789 on 08/18/2014 at 12:23 PM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

Let us face the facts: The print media has all but vanished as a major source of news. Vanishing even faster are "true" journalists. You can no longer distinguish between the front page or the opinion pages.

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Posted by Douglas D'Arnall on 08/18/2014 at 7:23 AM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

"A lot of people get news from the internet and have stopped buying newspapers. With less readers there will be less advertisers, which means newspapers have to cut costs as their revenue declines"

The flip side to this, Old Bundarra, is that online advertising doesn't pay the bills. Advertising rates are pennies per thousand clicks.

Posted by Bobby Rifle on 08/17/2014 at 5:09 PM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

I still think Miss Gruntled's sentence, " "Fuck the people who get those us filled newsroom jobs because fuck them" perfectly sums up this fiasco because a) it reflects the anguish felt in the newsroom (there's nothing worse than being made to reapply for your own job; and b) it shows us what a world of direct posting, without copy editors, is going to look like. It (excuse my grammar) ain't pretty.

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Posted by Print Junkie on 08/16/2014 at 2:15 PM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

Apologies I meant Posted by Miss Gruntled. Wow that was awkward

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Posted by I know nothing on 08/16/2014 at 1:42 PM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

Print Junkie, sounds like you are just a miserable piece of shit. Sorry your life sucks so bad. By the sounds of your post you don't know fuck about grammar. Probably a good thing you lost your job.

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Posted by I know nothing on 08/16/2014 at 1:35 PM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

Jim Ridley should give Miss Gruntled a job because her post ("fuck, fuck, fuck the Tennessean") was fucking awesome. Indeed, it would make a great poem. I especially liked this sentence: "Fuck the people who get those us filled newsroom jobs because fuck them." That pretty much sums up this entire fucking fiasco. Unlike the Tennessean's current crop of semi-literate editors, Gruntled doesn't bury the lede.

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Posted by Print Junkie on 08/16/2014 at 1:30 PM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

People who are saying this is all okay because nobody reads newspapers anymore have not a clue of what they are saying. This is not about paper. It's about reporters, copy editors, designers and all of the many people needed to find and deliver solid news and yes, even features. That's what is being lost here in favor of frivolous let's-give-people-something-they-won't-get-upset-over stories about "retail" and music and food and celebrities. Yes the Tennessean has been on that path for a long time. Did you ever think that the dumbing down of the paper is the reason that it is losing readers?

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Posted by Nancy Henderson on 08/16/2014 at 11:57 AM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

Gannett has posted a plethora of job openings at the Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future," with such futuristic titles as 'crime reporter,' 'columnist' and 'country music reporter.'

Gee, sounds familiar, doesn't it?

That's not all. Here's the description for the 'crime reporter' position in the newsroom of the future:

"The Tennessean is seeking an aggressive reporter to cover breaking news and produce multimedia content about crime and issues related to crime in Metro Nashville, including Davidson and Williamson Counties and Mr. Juliet. This reporter will work collaboratively as a team with a second breaking news/crime reporter at The Tennessean. This reporter will be responsible for planning and executing daily multimedia stories/content about breaking news and crime, producing high-impact, enterprise journalism about issues related to crime, and engaging with readers through platforms such as social media, digital chats, events, and comments.

"Knowledge and skills required include exceptional core journalism skills (reporting, producing, editing); self-motivation and self-direction; photo and video skills; advanced knowledge of social media and how to engage fan base on digital platforms in the public space; ability to multi-task and excel under intense deadline pressure in a rapidly changing environment; and effective time management skills. A Bachelor's in Communications, Journalism or the equivalent in experience and education is required. An internship or previous experience in the job duties described above is preferred. "

Boy, that sounds familiar, too. Say, isn't that what Brian Haas is doing now (and very well, I might add) for the Tennessean? You know, Stefanie Murray, the one you're firing - along with everyone else in the newsroom?

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Posted by The Truth Teller on 08/16/2014 at 11:55 AM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

"There are many people out there that still enjoy the feel of a newspaper regardless of the fact that the news may be a day old." Sure of that? Because I'm not. I'm inclined to think that number would be shrinking almost daily. My guess is that Saturday/Sunday are really the days that people want a newspaper, and that's not for hard news.
By the way, Big Journalism, you did a lot of this to yourselves by breaking down the walls separating hard news from opinion from propaganda/press releases. I'm looking right at some of those editors crying about losing their jobs and even more of those owners crying about their profits. And I'm looking at many schools of journalism who started emphasizing combative and agenda-based "greater good" polemic over solid reportage. 24-hour TV news and the Internet just catalyzed people's rejection by becoming not only a quicker source of news, but also a place where opinions could easily be expressed by everyone - who in many cases weren't much less objective than the journalists themselves. (By the way, this is why certain newspaper chains in the '80s actually tried to get the judges who were breaking up AT&T into the Baby Bells to keep them from providing "online" - in those days, text-based portals via modem - news of any sort. I was there, boys and girls. But of course the paper and TV press would never try to suppress competition, right?)
If you're going to have a free press, somebody other than the government has to support it. And even then, it needs to be supported by its readers (i.e., purchased) or by diverse advertising revenue, or it simply becomes a house organ for whoever is paying for it. Guess what that means? News pretty much has to be as capitalistic an enterprise as any. Don't make money anymore? The options are simple: find new ways to make money, reduce costs, or close the doors. "Angel investors?" Don't seem to exist. Not in this business. And I don't think you'd ultimately want them anyway.
Out of curiosity, since the Scene is a local news outlet running this story, is it filling this gap for journalists and consumers with its paper edition and its newsroom?

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Posted by RIPJournalism on 08/16/2014 at 9:35 AM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

To ennkay: My apologies for getting that fact wrong. But, then again, I didn't have an editor or copy editor to double-check things.

I suppose we can expect to see even more fact errors, typos and examples of poor grammar as the "newsroom of the future" (steam)rolls over Nashville. And, much to my regret, the Tennessean will continue to lose those talented, passionate and dedicated people.

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Posted by The Truth Teller on 08/16/2014 at 9:29 AM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

A lot of people get news from the internet and have stopped buying newspapers. With less readers there will be less advertisers, which means newspapers have to cut costs as their revenue declines. That means losing staff. We can all complain about it, but that's the reality. If they do not do this the newspaper will close.

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Posted by Old Bundarra on 08/16/2014 at 6:51 AM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

Fuck, fuck, fuck the Tennessean.

Fuck this notepad on my desk with the word "MORE" written across the top that we were all given this spring when the bosses rolled USA Today into the Tennessean. It's more all right: More frustration, more stupidity and more lies.

Fuck the sight of grown men & women crying at their desks out of fear & frustration over their futures because we're all collateral damage to the empire building of Laura Hollingsworth.

Fuck listening to Laura Hollingsworth's speeches which are a perfect symphony of ego, empty corporate jibber-jabber catchphrases, threats and sucking up to whomever is in the room that can help her get ahead.

Fuck being escorted from 1100 Broadway by security.

Fuck the three columnists - sports, Ms. Cheap and gag me with a wheelbarrow Peter Combover
Cooper - who don't have to reapply for their jobs because they're "special." You're special, all right.

Fuck Miriam Webster's dictionary for not putting a picture of Stefanie Murray next to the definition of the phrase "Soulless Corporate Toadie."

Fuck Stefanie Murray for not grasping the basics of good fucking grammar in her evil sorority girl e-mails and columns.

Fuck Detroit - because it's awful and she loves it.

Fuck the idea that I have to grovel to the bosses in the hopes I get my job back just so I can get a layoff in six months' time because this latest terrible idea is just as terrible as the last five terrible ideas.

Fuck the fact that there are seven unfilled positions in the Newsroom of the Future that will be posted for anyone anywhere to apply to fill -- yet actual Newsroom of the Present employees were only allowed to apply for two jobs total. Two. Total.

Fuck not being able to sleep at night because you love what you do but it doesn't matter anymore, especially not to the bosses.

Fuck the people who get those us filled newsroom jobs because fuck them.

Fuck being called a misogynist for making fun of the two evil women at the top of this scrap heap of awfulness. (I hate to break it to you ladies, but some of us are evil.)

Fuck the idea of journalism serving a greater good or how journalism should comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

Fuck the whole "journalists as marketers" crap which pretty much tells you all you need to know about the future.

Fuck anyone who takes the Tennessean seriously after this is all over.

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Posted by Miss Gruntled on 08/16/2014 at 6:44 AM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

Kudos to Steve Cavendish for writing a thoughtful, balanced and thoroughly reported piece. This story correctly points out all of the complexities involved in a sale of the Tennessean. Although a sale of the paper, at least in the short term, seems unlikely, it remains the only good option if Nashville still wants to have a community newspaper – as opposed to an obnoxious, irrelevant, digitized shopper of the future.

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Posted by Print Junkie on 08/15/2014 at 8:52 PM

Re: “The Metro Council's minority caucus comes out unanimously against Emily Evans' push to shrink the council

who is funding the campaign to reduce the council size? why is Evan's keeping that information secret?

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Posted by who is paying on 08/15/2014 at 2:08 PM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

Is a severance package even being offered right now as an option for Tennessean newsroom employees?

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Posted by RebelDog on 08/15/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

technically i'd just stepped off the plane on my way *to* the funeral, which, as you can imagine, was super fun! there are really talented, passionate, dedicated people still in that newsroom, and i sure wish they weren't having to go through the emotional wringer so consistently.

also, to this guy ^ - with all due respect, folks there have been doing all that and more for a long time. nothing's long overdue. if you'd worked with any of those people, you'd surely have a very different perspective.

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Posted by ennkay on 08/15/2014 at 1:10 PM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

This is long overdue. If there are editors, reporters, photographers, copy desk staffers, who aren't writing quick stories, running out shooting photo galleries with their phones while writing pithy post on social media with a image they just shot building their brand and the brand of the organization --- THEY SHOULD BE GONE. To many people in newspaper newsrooms resisted this change and now it's coming down like a ton of bricks and no one should be surprised.

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Posted by Harold Goodridge on 08/15/2014 at 12:38 PM

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