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"Be a sailor on a sinking ship"

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Former Employee - Reporter
Former Employee - Reporter
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

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.

Other Employee Reviews for Capital Newspapers

  1. "Feels like family"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Reporter in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Capital Newspapers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn. Managers and HR people are approachable. Upward mobility.

    Cons

    Building is a older, but that's what gives its charm.


  2. "Multimedia Representative"

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    Former Employee - Multimedia Representative in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Multimedia Representative in Madison, WI

    I worked at Capital Newspapers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great management staff + fun team environment to work in. Huge distribution and network you have to work with. If you are a self motivated sales representative who enjoys hitting the streets everyday, this job will certainly not constrain you within the Madison city limits...

    Cons

    Capital Newspaper brand was sometimes hard to sell due to amount of competition within the Madison limits.


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