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Be a sailor on a sinking ship

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  • Senior Management
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Former Employee - Reporter
Former Employee - Reporter

I worked at Capital Newspapers

Pros

Quality journalism encouraged and approved
Staff members are typically friendly
Editors are fair, bring out the best in their reporters

Cons

Pay is just barely enough to survive on for single person, so if you have a family your spouse/partner better be doing much better than you or you'll need food stamps
Job isn't safe given their constant downsizing over past two years, even for longstanding loyal employees. Editorial staff are seen as an expendable, loss-making portion of the company.
Territorialism of editors/reporters make cooperation with other publications impossible for regional stories.
Working outside your defined role discouraged. For example, suggestions on their websites, which are a sad joke, are completely ignored.
Promotion choices are based MUCH more on favoritism than merit.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Learn how to make money, especially from the internet. Capital Newspapers' websites are pathetic, hard to use and loss-making. Massive potential for revenue lost there that will NOT be recouped from print.
Cutting editorial staff to save on costs isn't going to bring in more readers.
Consider taking a larger pay cut than the staff, since your inability to adapt to a changing news market is what's sinking the company, not the journalists, print staff, IT people or ad coordinators.

Disapproves of CEO

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    This was a good company, and great people to work with.

    Former Employee - Account Executive in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Madison, WI

    I worked at Capital Newspapers full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Located in beautiful Madison, WI, I enjoyed working with a diverse customer list and the ability for every day to be different! It was challenging and fun to build my book of business to over double what it started as, and the teamwork and leadership opportunities were great! Since this is a network of more newspapers, it was great that there were other opportunities across the country too!

    Cons

    I no longer live in Madison, WI so it's not an option to work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It'd be great to have the company's mission statement front and center for employees.

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    A sinking ship!

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    Former Employee - Ad Sales in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Ad Sales in Madison, WI

    I worked at Capital Newspapers full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great team of co-workers, unfortunately, many of the veterans are no longer there! Compensation was good and plenty of opportunities for spiffs and bonuses along the way.

    Cons

    Declining circulation and poor management; short sighted managers, don't care about employees and customer relationships, just focused on revenue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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