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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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Newspaper guild offers to buy Philadelphia Daily News to avoid layoffs

The Philadelphia Media Network papers, which include the Daily News, endured layoffs Wednesday. (AP photo) Lawyers representing the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia on Thursday expressed interest in buying the Philadelphia Daily News from its parent company in a gambit to forestall layoffs, a move that was quickly rejected by owner Gerry Lenfest. The letter, which was hand-delivered this afternoon, … Read More
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Philly.com gutted in layoffs at Philadelphia Media Network

Philly newspapers endured layoffs today. (AP Photo) More than 40 staffers in newsrooms throughout Philadelphia Media Network have been laid off as the company seeks to consolidate its disparate editorial staffers to forge a single unified newsroom. Today's layoffs, which claimed a total of 46 jobs, were scattered throughout the company's three newsrooms, said Howard Gensler, president of the Local … Read More
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Knight is giving $1.3 million to help 3 legacy newsrooms 'speed up digital adoption'

Temple University’s School of Media and Communication will work with The Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Media Network and the Miami Herald as places to test mobile and digital practices aimed at legacy newsrooms. The project, called the Knight-Temple Table Stakes Project, was announced Monday and is funded by $1.3 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 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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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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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 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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