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Former Employee - Reporter in Boston, MA
Former Employee - Reporter in Boston, MA

I worked at GateHouse Media full-time (less than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

A good starting point for journalism and entry into the business
Knowledgeable editors
Decent work-life balance
Variety of different stories to work on

Cons

Low pay
No raises
Even on weeks of loaded coverage, approved overtime requires moving of Heaven and Earth
The company is $1.2 billion in debt (which accounts for those first three cons)
Way behind the 21st-century technology curve in news reporting

Advice to Management

Approve raises for the lifeblood of your company, the hard-working reporters, photographers and editors who bust their asses every day and week to put out the publications that keep the business going. Instead of for the exalted senior management getting bonuses in the six figures on the backs of the little people's efforts.

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  1. Fun and creative in a great atmosphere.

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    Current Employee - Photojournalist in Utica, NY
    Current Employee - Photojournalist in Utica, NY

    I have been working at GateHouse Media full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and management but there was no oppuetunities for growth,

    Cons

    not much growth in this business

  2. With revolving cast of editors/managers, I had a bad draw.

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    Former Employee - Staff Writer in Moscow, PA
    Former Employee - Staff Writer in Moscow, PA

    I worked at GateHouse Media part-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Independence in finding stories. Paid mileage for driving to stories, meetings. Great place for newly graduated journalists to launch a career and then stick around to take on more responsibility.

    Cons

    Editor that I had to deal with during my time there was NOT a team player. Was more focused on editing things for the sake of editing instead of to have positive impact on fluency of article. Would complain if I contacted her during certain hours.

    Advice to Management

    You have a really nice family of newspapers and subscribers. Just put positive, helpful editors in place and create more of a team atmosphere. You hire a lot of inexperienced writers-- which is a GOOD thing to give them a launching pad for their career-- so make sure they have MENTORS and not just bosses.

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