Tag: gannett


Gannett donation boosts United Way library program

Gannett Company Inc., parent company of the Staunton News Leader, has donated $5,500 to United Way of Greater Augusta to support its Dolly Parton Imagination Library program.


News Leader building for sale

As part of its ongoing strategic transformation, the News Leader is placing its property at 11 North Central Avenue in Staunton for sale and has begun exploring real estate options that better meets its future business needs.

Bad news, good news at Gannett

The bad news is obvious. Gannett, which owns the Staunton-based News Leader, is having to lay people off, last week announcing a companywide reduction of 1,400 employees, about 3 percent of its workforce, on top of a move last year that resulted in a 10 percent job cut at the media conglomerate.

An explanation for cuts at the Leader?

A story in today’s Wall Street Journal on the sudden and unexpected retirement of USA Today president and publisher Craig Moon had an interesting nugget about how the decline in travel has been impacting circulation at the flagship newspaper in the Gannett chain. Moon told the Journal that USA Today has lost about 100,000 papers […]

Even more bad newspaper news

Now the bad newspaper news is that the News Leader is going to outsource its printing operations to Harrisonburg effective April 13. “Two years ago, outsourcing the production might not have made much sense. But the production has a heavy cost and high overhead, and operating an aging press in this economic situation isn’t our […]

Gannett: More furloughs

Gannett is implementing another round of unpaid furloughs for its employees, the company announced on Monday. It is unclear whether the News Leader in Staunton, a Gannett-owned newspaper, will be affected by the new round of furloughs. Leader employees had to take a weeklong unpaid furlough in the first quarter as part of a companywide […]

The AFP Blog – Weekend of Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2009

– Singletary’s #44 to be retired, Saturday, 7:10 p.m. – President Obama’s weekly address, Saturday, 8:04 a.m. – Gannett, Media General slump deepens, Friday, 12:55 p.m. – Free-speech organizations offer support to Gloucester 40, Friday, 12:55 p.m. – Statement from Council of Economic Advisors chair Christina Romer on the fourth quarter 2008 advance GDP estimate, […]

The Death of Newspapers, Act I

Reading the comment section on its own website, you’d come away thinking that the most recent cost-saving measure being implemented at The News Leader is the result of its “liberal bias.” The truth is a lot more complicated, as it usually is. The paper is requiring all salaried and hourly employees to take a five-day […]

News Leader cuts 15 positions

One blog is calling it the “biggest mass layoff in newspaper industry history,” and part of it is ongoing in the Valley. The News Leader cut 15 job positions on Tuesday as part of a move initiated by its corporate parent Gannett Co. Inc. that will result in 10 percent of the Northern Virginia-based media […]

Is $125K too much for a city manager?

The Local Beat column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net There has been some interesting discussion about how much outgoing Waynesboro city manager Doug Walker gets paid in the days since the announcement that Walker will be stepping down from his job effective June 30. The focus of the talking has been that $125,000 a year is […]