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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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Hawking the Pope: Philly prepares a coffee table book

Philadelphia Media Network is creating a coffee table book out of the Pope's visit this weekend. Here, a Pope Francis bobblehead and other souvenirs are displayed at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Even in a digital age, coffee table books have a marketing attraction for newspapers. Philadelphia Media Network "will mark a significant event in … Read More
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How the Philadelphia media gets around during Pope's visit

While many people in the cities affected by the Pope's movements will be taking off, 8,000 journalists accredited to cover the Pope's visit to the United States this week will not. That number includes many journalists based in Philadelphia, the last of the three cities on the Pope's visit to the United States. The city will host the Pope … Read More
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Terry Egger named CEO of Philadelphia Inquirer parent company

Terry Egger, the former publisher of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, has been named publisher and CEO of Philadelphia Media Network, the parent company of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. Egger succeeds Gerry Lenfest, who owns the company, as publisher. According to a release from Philadelphia Media Network, Lenfest will remain involved with company strategy. Egger's elevation to … 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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5 things John Carroll taught me about great investigative projects

John Carroll speaking in this 2003 file photo. At middle is Todd Merriman, who was the senior editor/news of The San Diego Union-Tribune, and Kathleen Carroll, right, executive editor of The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) When John Carroll visited me and Poynter in January 2013, he was a trim, vigorous retiree in his early 70s. So the … 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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Go to the places where the cameras aren't, says award-winning journalist

Quarterback Mark Sanchez hugs his father, Nick, before an NFL football game in this 2012 photo. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)It was Thanksgiving Day, and for once, Mark Sanchez didn’t deliver a turkey. The often-maligned quarterback had a huge game in leading Philadelphia to a big win over Dallas. Sitting in the press box, Mike Sielski considered his options. The columnist … Read More
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Interstate General Media to close Inquirer.com

Philadelphia Magazine Inquirer.com and PhillyDailyNews.com, standalone websites for two newspapers owned by Interstate General Media, will soon close, Philadelphia Magazine reported Thursday. According to a memo obtained by Philadelphia Magazine, the two sites, which feature content from The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Daily News, will be "folded into" one site, Philly.com: What this means is that the … Read More