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Man Overboard

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, VA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

Pros

The job was interesting, varied and informative. My colleagues were the company's best asset. Everyone works hard to meet the common goal of a meaningful daily newspaper.

Cons

Sadly, no one is buying newspapers anymore so there is a sense of futility in the newsroom. Waves of layoffs have sunk morale to a level of hopelessness. Management lays off productive, dedicated, long term employees like they were old news. Management doesn't have a clue how to save the newspsper so they lay off workers to boost the bottom line rather than cut the high paid decision-makers. As a result the newspaper suffers because there aren't enough people to produce meaningful content. Management is cold and clueless.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Reassess your approach to keeping the newspaper a viable product. Rehire some of the seasoned journalists you've laid off and reduce the number of highly paid upper management.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Shambles!

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Executive in Richmond, VA

    Pros

    There are a few good mid-level managers left, who somehow survived the lay-offs, and these managers are great to work for and have defended front-line workers as best they could.

    Cons

    Massive waves of lay-offs have contributed to a cynical, dog-eat-dog culture. The pay is terrible and worsening. And management seems to be unable to cope gracefully with the Richmond Times-Dispatch's dwindling relevance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on creating more niche market and hyper-local publications, online or print. Also, a restructuring of the entire classified advertising section is needed. Perhaps more free ads for advertisers are needed -- or something like the first X amount of lines are free, etc. It just seems pointless to pay for classified ads these days.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience was very good.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL

    Pros

    Colleagues are wonderful, interesting people. Working in same building with TV station WFLA and website TBO.com provides good multimedia experience. Building is in nice location downtown with picture windows overlooking the Hillsborough River.

    Cons

    Atmosphere a little depressing due to state of newspapers, shrinkage in newsroom staffing and news hole and continued threat of layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is probably doing everything it can in a difficult situation. It could perhaps do more to let employees know how much they are appreciated.

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