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Gannett is simplistic in it's approach to serious journalism at many of it's papers and t.v. stations.

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Current Employee - Reporter in Sacramento, CA
Current Employee - Reporter in Sacramento, CA

I have been working at Gannett

Pros

It's a company that tends to be more focused on journalism per se...and that tends to keep things professional and steady, not too focused on the immediate, short-term, but more on quality, performance and results over time (both personally and the entire newsroom.) Note, this does not apply to financial considerations with the company.

Cons

Gannett's operations may be focused on journalism, but it tends to be a rather light, less consequential focus. It's brand of journalism is very much 'USA Today;' more flashy and simplistic. It ain't the NY Times. But having said that, it can mean a more serious devotion to 'real' news than many stations in local markets. Less flash and trash, more 'human interest' reporting, etc.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus on the long-term. Don't manage for the next quarter, but for the next ten years.

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    A job ideal for the manic-depressive

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    Current Employee - Journalist in Elmira, NY
    Current Employee - Journalist in Elmira, NY

    I have been working at Gannett

    Pros

    Working at a Gannett newspaper can be a joy: you are a part of an organization that the community wants and needs. You make ordinary people into stars for a day. You get people excited about their community, their neighbors and their own lives. People come to you when they need to know something, or need others to know something.

    If you are a journalist, you will be surrounded by coworkers that are excellent at what they do. They are in it for the joy of doing it well. They do it because they are the best journalists in the region, and because the community knows that. It feels good to have such great coworkers.

    When you do exceptionally well, you will be recognized for it. The company tends to be very good about recognition, because they understand the role of positive feedback in maintaining morale.

    Working as a journalist lets you write history. There is no career like it.

    Because of the excessive workload, you will learn to work very quickly and prioritize. You will also learn not to need breaks for coffee, socializing, web browsing, smoking, or other activities that most people do to waste time. This will make you extremely valuable to your next employer.

    Cons

    The company has made a number of changes in recent years that suggest that it values short-term profits over long-term viability. It does its best to maintain a huge profit margin, in order to pay a high dividend to stockholders. Unfortunately, at times when the company can't figure out how to keep revenues up, it cuts costs by eliminating workers.

    Cost-cutting on its own isn't evil. Elimination of inefficiency is a sign of a well-managed company. However, cost-cutting done poorly does little to help the company, and is probably more expensive in opportunity cost.

    The company has replaced many working, expensive departments of employees with more streamlined, centralized and less expensive departments. Unfortunately, the people left in these centralized departments tend to be too overworked to give full attention to each site they're supposed to be working for. This can lead to a mistrust of centralized departments by employees at individual sites, as well as a general mistrust of corporate initiatives.

    Recent changes to the company's products suggest that the company doesn't regard the quality of the product or the quality of service provided to customers as important. The company wants to print a newspaper, sell ads in it, sell subscriptions to it, and fill the parts that aren't ads with information. But it doesn't want to invest the resources necessary to deliver it to subscribers on time, consistently, or even to treat them well when they call to ask where their paper is. Many people in the community will tell you they love the content in the paper, but feel betrayed by the company because we can't deliver the paper regularly enough.

    Some sites in the company no longer have the resources to adequately cover local governments in the areas they serve. Because many newspapers tend to be the only local newspapers, a failure to keep governments in check can end up costing the local community when government gets out of hand.

    The workload is usually crushing. Most of my coworkers are taking medications prescribed for anxiety. Frequently, the work you do will be what two to four people used to do ten years ago. In fact, the workload is so excessive that most employees do not have the time in their workday to check the newspaper's web site to see what news is there. This means that most of its employees can't relate to the very consumers for whom they're producing all of the web content.

    The pay rate is especially unrewarding. The knowledge that much (or even most) of the money your company brings in from local advertisers doesn't stay local may nag at your conscience, especially if you have to write any stories about the local economy. You may have to marry someone with a lot of money if you want to be in the middle class. This is especially true if you have middle class friends to keep up with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the product by investing in employees. Respect the customers. Respect the employees. Stop rewarding yourself for mediocrity. Accept a lower profit margin.

    People are willing to pay for content online. Work with other news publishers to develop a universal micropayment system or online subscription system.

    Reward talent handsomely. Punish incompetence. Be bold.

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    Challenging times at Gannett

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    Current Employee - Reporter in Saint Petersburg, FL
    Current Employee - Reporter in Saint Petersburg, FL

    I have been working at Gannett

    Pros

    Large company with opportunities for advancement in other major markets across the U.S.

    Cons

    It is a challenging time in the media industry with Gannett stock at an all time low. Company is downsizing and trying to squeeze more and more efficiency out of each employee. Reporter being encouraged to learn new skills and transition to Multi-media Journalists, shooting video and producing content for multiple platforms.

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