Harrisburg Patriot-News

Advance president in Pennsylvania quits to join rival publisher

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John A. Kirkpatrick will leave the PA Media Group, which publishes The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News. He had been president there and will take a similar position at Lancaster Newspapers.

Kirkpatrick was named The Patriot-News’ editor in 1991 and became its publisher in 1997. The paper announced last year it would reduce print frequency and staff, in a manner similar to several other Advance-owned publications.

Lancaster Newspapers “will continue to publish a daily print edition,” Tim Mekeel reports the company’s publisher, Robert M. Krasne, said.

According to the most recent figures at the Alliance for Audited Media, The Patriot-News had total average Sunday circulation of 135,135 (including digital editions) in March and average circulation on the days it published a print paper of 81,301. Read more


What will Oregonian reductions mean for competing news orgs, readers?

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The just-announced reductions in home delivery and staff at Advance’s The Oregonian aren’t good news to journalists who’ll find out Friday whether they still have jobs or to people who like getting the newspaper at home. But what do they mean for other news organizations and to people who consume news?

The Columbian is published just across the Columbia River from Portland in Vancouver, Wash. Its publisher, Scott Campbell, tells Columbian reporter Cami Joner the paper has no plans to cut delivery frequency.

“If there are subscribers over here that subscribe to The Oregonian only and they’re interested in a seven-day publication, they may want The Columbian,” Columbian circulation and production director Marc Dailey tells Joner. Read more


Pennsylvania paper gains subscribers after Patriot-News reduces print frequency

Editor George Spohr says “new circulation starts have been incredible” at The (Carlisle, Pa.) Sentinel since The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News reduced print frequency this month.

Spohr sent this picture of new sub orders and a note: “This is what happens when your competition goes to three days per week.”

Seventy-six people subscribed Monday and more than 100 did Tuesday, Spohr wrote in an email to Poynter.

Spohr says Sentinel circulation director Phil Ferrara told him on a usual day, 10 people start subscriptions.

Figures from the Alliance for Audited Media show The Sentinel has an average Sunday circulation of 13,902 and an average circulation of 12,838 Monday-Saturday. The Patriot-News has an average Sunday circulation of 118,655 and average daily circulation of 70,446. Read more


Pennsylvania newspaper, TV station team to compete with less frequent Patriot-News

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The (Carlisle, Pa.) Sentinel and Harrisburg, Pa., TV station WHTM have struck a content-sharing agreement that they think will give them an upper hand when the competing (Harrisburg) Patriot-News goes to a three-day-per-week print schedule in January.

“There will be a real vacuum for people who like to read the newspaper seven days a week,” [WHTM] President and General Manager Joe Lewin said. “I think the regular subscribers to The Patriot-News feel abandoned, and I know that The Sentinel management sees this as a real opportunity.”

WHTM will provide the Sentinel with weather content, and both news organizations’ stories can end up on both platforms. The Sentinel competes with the Patriot-News in Cumberland County, just west of Harrisburg. Read more


Pulitzer Prize winner Sara Ganim leaves Patriot-News to join CNN

Sara Ganim, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, joined CNN as a correspondent this week, The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News reports. “I’m excited to have the chance to cover national breaking news and enterprise,” Ganim told her former paper. She will be based in Atlanta.

Ganim told the paper her move was unrelated to the paper’s plan to cut staff and print frequency.

“If you ask me if I had one hesitation, it’s definitely that I wanted to see this through,” she said. “I know people will speculate about it but this has nothing to do with any lack of faith in what The Patriot is doing.”

Ganim told Poynter’s Mallary Tenore in August she had no immediate plans to leave the Pennsylvania paper:

“I’m not going to make a rash decision,” she said.

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Robert Vickers: ‘The wall of opinion and hard news’ fell long before he endorsed Romney

Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News politics writer Robert Vickers published a column Friday about why he’s voting for Mitt Romney. In a chat with readers, he talked about the decision, still unusual for a newspaper reporter, to publicly disclose his vote. It wasn’t a suicide mission, apparently: In the chat, a reader asked whether he would remain with the paper after it reduces staff and print frequency next year. “I’ve been asked to stay on and have agreed to do so,” Vickers wrote. Some more excerpts: Read more


Reports: Layoffs hit Patriot-News, Post-Standard in shift to fewer print days

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The Advance-owned Patriot-News laid off “about 70″ employees Monday, Stacy Brown reports for The (Carlisle, Pa.) Sentinel. Brown gets to that figure independently; Patriot-News publisher John Kirkpatrick tells him only, “Cuts were made in other areas related to the fact that the needs of the organization are different when you are printing three days a week, even if those papers look more like Sunday editions than daily editions.”

The Harrisburg, Pa. paper reports some of the people who’ve been offered jobs with the new companies that will publish three days a week starting in January:

Many reporters familiar to readers are receiving job offers. Veteran and well-known journalists such as Jan Murphy, Charles Thompson, Bob Flounders, David Jones, Matt Miller, John Luciew, Joe Hermitt, Sean Simmers, Sue Gleiter, Andrew P.

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Patriot-News, Post-Standard employees to find out today whether they’ll be laid off

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Employees at the (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News and the (Syracuse, N.Y.) Post-Standard will find out Monday whether they’ll be kept on at new companies that will publish print newspapers three days per week. In Pennsylvania, employees will meet in person with managers:

“The excitement and challenge of starting new companies that can meet the rapidly changing needs of our readers, advertisers and the community are taking a distant back seat today to the needs of dealing the best we can with each person on our staff,” said Patriot-News Publisher and President John Kirkpatrick, who will become president of PA Media Group. “We are all aware that this is an extremely difficult moment for each and every person in our organization.”

70 percent of The Patriot-News’ employees will stay on, an unbylined article says. Read more


Patriot-News staffers will learn next month if they’ve lost their jobs

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Two hundred and thirty employees of the (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News will be notified by the first week of October whether they’ll keep their jobs, the Associated Press reports.

In late August the Pulitzer Prize-winning Patriot-News and The (Syracuse, N.Y.) Post-Standard announced they would reduce print frequency and cut staff. Both papers are owned by Advance, which has put similar plans into motion in Michigan, New Orleans and Alabama. Read more


Patriot-News publisher: ‘I am almost positive we will have fewer employees’

Patriot-News publisher John Kirkpatrick, Editor Cate Barron and Pennlive.com Editor David Farré took questions from readers about the Harrisburg, Pa., paper’s planned shift to print three days a week. It announced the changes Tuesday.

In response to a question about layoffs, Kirkpatrick said, “I am almost positive we will have fewer employees when this is all said and done. We plan, however, to make sure there are just as many photographers, reporters, content providers as well as the same size (if not larger) sales staff as we have now.” Later he said that the paper would probably have had to cut staff “even if we did not make this move.” Read more

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