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What's behind this fall's wave of layoffs and buyouts?

Mid-September to mid-November brings changing leaves and football but also rampant newsroom downsizing, and this has been an especially cruel season. Just last week saw 46 layoffs to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News and the Philly.com website plus deep cuts at National Geographic. That's not counting the 75 in process at the Los Angeles Times … Read More
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Philly media owner explored a nonprofit path

The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News building is seen in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)The owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com has given thought to shifting to non-profit ownership status, aligning with Temple University. It was unclear Thursday whether discussions held by H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest  go beyond the theoretical at this point . Read More
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Philly’s new union deals: What do they mean? A union view

Related: Philly’s labor talks: What do they mean? A management view Workers at Philly.com voted 30-1 late Wednesday to ratify a new two-year contract with management. The contract is similar to a related one bargained by their union, the Newspaper Guild, and ratified by the more than 400 workers at the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. They … Read More
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Philly’s labor talks: What do they mean? A management view

Related: Philly’s new union deals: What do they mean? A union view Stan WischnowskiA key figure for management in the just-concluded and ratified new two-year contracts at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com is Stan Wischnowski, who is vice president for news operations at The Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com. Bargaining in an age of increasing … Read More
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Philly contract deal: company hikes health payments, gets concessions on layoffs and raises

A tentative contract for Philadelphia's major newspapers includes greater healthcare contributions by management but concessions on whether it must heed traditional seniority rules when it comes to layoffs. The deal does not include any raise in basic wages. It was bargained shortly before a Saturday deadline. Details were discussed in several sessions with Newspaper Guild members on Monday. Read More
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Tentative contract deal in Philly as deadline approached

A tentative agreement has been reached on a new contract and thus likely avoids a strike at Philadelphia’s two major newspapers. The deal was cut late Friday. No details were disclosed, with the Philadelphia branch of the Newspaper Guild to outline specifics to members on Monday and set a date for a vote. Two related contracts between the union … Read More
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Tentative deal in Philly on one of two labor pacts

A tentative deal has been reached on one contract in ongoing newspaper negotiations in Philadelphia. Both sides confirmed Friday that they have essentially completed the smaller of two related contracts. It involves about 50 Newspaper Guild members at Philly.com. The larger of the two contracts involves 400 members at the Inquirer and Daily News. “We are pleased to share … Read More
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Talk of Philly newspaper strike, unionizing move at Gawker, big window onto media labor relations

Members of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia rally outside the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News building in 2006. Union members will vote Wednesday on whether to give leaders the right to call a walkout. (AP Photo/George Widman) Union members in Philadelphia will vote Wednesday evening on whether to give leaders the right to call a walkout … Read More
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Union at Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com to take strike vote

The Philadelphia branch of the Newspaper Guild on Thursday set a strike authorization vote next week for its 500 members at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. A June 3 vote comes amid ongoing bargaining on a new contract to replace the one that expired earlier in the month. It’s now been extended to June 27 by mutual … Read More
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Philly.com got 555 comments on an article about changes to comments

All was quiet in the comments section for a few hours on Monday after a piece about changes to Philly.com's comments process went up on the site. And that made Erica Palan a little nervous. But the quiet didn't last for too long. By Tuesday afternoon, there were 555 comments in that article's comments section. Palan, audience … Read More
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No brotherly love for rival papers in Philadelphia

Philly.com | Columbia Journalism Review | CBS Philly The Philadelphia Daily News reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for a report on police corruption and sexual assault is being accused of paying the bills of one of its key sources and allegedly encouraging her to exaggerate facts of a criminal complaint about the incident. Read More
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Inquirer, Daily News sold for $88 million

The Philadelphia Inquirer Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest won the English-style auction for Interstate General Media's publishing properties Tuesday, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. They paid $88 million, David Sell reports. Katz and Lenfest told the court they were "trying to right what we think was a wrong" when Inquirer Editor Bill Marimow was fired. He was later reinstated by a judge. "I certainly hope to stay, and that – of course – is up to our owners," Marimow told Poynter in an email. Lenfest will serve as interim publisher, the new owners told staffers. "[W]e are happy for the company’s employees, readers and advertisers that this issue is now resolved," said now-former owners George E. Norcross, William P. Hankowsky and Joseph E. Buckelew in a statement. "We wish Messrs. Katz and Lenfest the best of luck moving forward." Their full statement: Read More