I have been working at Community Newspaper Holdings full-time (More than 5 years)
Employees at all levels are genuinely passionate about local news
Extremely bright leaders
Valuable experience in an ever-changing , challenging industry
Editorial freedom at local levels
Focus on the transition to paid content from ad-supported content
Significant watchdog reporting
The recent merger with Raycom has been difficult as two companies with different cultures attempt to transition to each other's platforms and software without solid training from the knowledgeable side. There's room for improvement on communication between the companies and a need for employees on both sides to embrace a team mentality. It's still early in the merger, so I can only assume this will improve over time.
Advice to Management
It's disappointing to see so many negative reviews about management. Layoffs, for example, haven't occurred because leaders are vengeful or careless. They've occurred because 1.) ad money that previously paid the bills has declined as Facebook & Google dominate the market, 2.) the public isn't accustom to paying for local news & 3.) most of the public don't realize how crucial local news is for democracy.
The feedback from some of the employees on here makes me think of feedback from customers who want ad-free, complimentary news. You can't produce quality news without money to pay staff, run the presses, etc., just like you can't sustain a business without producing revenue that offsets expenses. In the newspaper industry today, you adapt to changing times or get left behind. Thankfully, management continues to address difficult decisions head-on by adapting as necessary.
I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Community Newspaper Holdings.
It was pleasant. We had lunch, talked about the job. Got the job offer. Said, "Yes." They took me to dinner after we toured the town and the business. Overall, it was not a stressful interview.
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