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Taylor Swift to Get Her Very Own Beat Reporter
Gannett Finds Its
Taylor Swift Reporter

Gannett Finds Its Taylor Swift Reporter

Longtime 'fan-slash-expert' Bryan West will cover Swift beat for 'USA Today,' 'Tennessean'

(Newser) - Gannett's search for a dedicated Taylor Swift reporter for the Tennessean and the wider USA Today network is over. Veteran journalist and confirmed Swiftie Bryan West, 35, was chosen from hundreds of applicants. His beat will include the superstar's music and tour news, along with her impact on...

Media Groups: We Want Jan. 6 Footage That Carlson Got
Media Groups Demand
Jan. 6 Footage

Media Groups Demand Jan. 6 Footage

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy gave Fox's Tucker Carlson exclusive access; now others want it

(Newser) - Fox News' Tucker Carlson is the only media personality given access by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to thousands of hours of Jan. 6 footage. Now, other media groups are demanding a piece of that, they noted in a Friday letter to congressional leadership, per CBS News . "Without full public...

Gannett Strike Protests Job Cuts
Gannett Strike
Protests Job Cuts

Gannett Strike Protests Job Cuts

More than 200 newsroom workers walk out for a day

(Newser) - Employees in 14 Gannett newsrooms staged a one-day strike Friday, to protest job cuts and to seek better pay and benefits. The NewsGuild, which represents the staff members, said the job action was prompted by the layoffs of 400 employees, about 3% of the total, in August, when the company...

FBI Seeks to Identify Readers of USA Today Story

Publisher is fighting unusual subpoena

(Newser) - The publisher of USA Today is fighting a very unusual subpoena from the FBI seeking information that could identify readers of a story about a shooting in Florida earlier this year. The subpoena served on Gannett in April orders the publisher to turn over Internet addresses and cellphone information for...

Layoff Leaves Newspaper's Senior Editor Homeless

Rich Jackson says apartment came with the job

(Newser) - Newsroom employees at Gannett newspapers around the country recently lost their jobs in a major round of layoffs. Rich Jackson, senior executive editor of the Bloomington, Indiana, Herald-Times lost his home as well—and started the Homeless Editor blog in response. Jackson says that when he took the Herald-Times job...

Deal Creates Newspaper Giant That Now Needs to Cut $300M

New Gannett says it will try to avoid laying off journalists

(Newser) - The $1.1 billion purchase of Gannett—publisher of USA Today—by GateHouse closed Tuesday, creating a newspaper industry goliath and starting a search for $300 million in yearly spending cuts. The new company, which will be called Gannett, will own about 260 daily newspapers and hundreds of weeklies, the...

This Media Merger Will Create Massive US Newspaper Owner

New company will have the biggest US circulation by far

(Newser) - Two of the country's largest newspaper companies have agreed to combine in the latest media deal driven by the industry's struggles with a decline in printed editions. GateHouse Media, a chain backed by an investment firm, is buying USA Today owner Gannett Co. for $12.06 a share...

Judge: Not My Business to Unseal Trump Divorce File

'NYT' wanted access to file, but court says Ivana Trump deserves her privacy

(Newser) - A New York judge refused Thursday to let his court "inject itself into the political process" and turned down a media request to unseal the divorce file of Donald Trump and first wife Ivana, Politico reports. The New York Times and the Gannett Co. had tried to gain access...

Gannett: Tribune Won't Play Ball, So We're Revealing $815M Bid

'USA Today' owner is looking to acquire the Tribune Publishing Company

(Newser) - On April 12, USA Today owner Gannett made a private offer to Tribune Publishing: We want you, for roughly $815 million, or $12.25 per share. USA Today's own report on the offer notes that at $12.25 a share, Gannett is offering a 63% premium over Friday's...

USA Today Founder Al Neuharth Dead at 89

His focus on short stories, graphics changed newspaper industry

(Newser) - USA Today founder Al Neuharth has died in Cocoa Beach, Florida, at age 89. The news was announced today by USA Today and by the Newseum, which he also founded. Neuharth changed American newspapers by putting easy-to-read articles and bright graphics in his national daily publication, which he began in...

Latest in Chandra Levy Case Must Stay Secret: Judge

Judge keeps transcripts sealed ahead of new hearing

(Newser) - A new hearing regarding Ingmar Guandique, convicted in the Chandra Levy murder case, is set for today—but the media remains in the dark about new developments . A judge yesterday decided to keep transcripts of the latest proceedings sealed, and he's considering closing today's hearing, too, USA Today...

Newspaper's Gun Map Woefully Inaccurate

But that's due to data handed over by Rockland County, explains paper

(Newser) - The newspaper map of one New York county's pistol permits was riddled with problems, thanks to inaccurate data in official records, acknowledges the paper that published it. Just 3,907 of the 16,998 permit-holding households displayed on the Journal News ' Rockland County map were current; the rest...

Newspaper Removes Gun Data From Website

'Journal News' move comes after new state law improves gun owners' privacy

(Newser) - The New York state newspaper that enraged critics by making public the names and addresses of gun owners has pulled the information off its website. The Journal News says it's not because of the criticism or threats against staffers , but in part because of a state law that passed...

Armed Guards Now Protect Newspaper Behind Gun Map

'Journal News' was apparently alarmed by avalanche of threats

(Newser) - Oh, the irony. Gannett's Journal News, which you'll remember published an interactive map of people with handgun permits in two counties north of New York City, has turned to armed guards to keep it safe. In an article titled "The Journal News Is Armed and Dangerous,"...

Gun Group: Boycott Paper's Advertisers Over Gun Map

New York gun advocates aim for the Journal News

(Newser) - Gun advocates are targeting a New York newspaper's most sensitive spot—its wallet—over the paper's online map of gun owners, Politico reports. The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is asking "concerned citizens" nationwide to boycott advertisers of Westchester's Journal News, which sparked an...

Newspaper to Publish More Names of Gun Owners

Putnam County is next

(Newser) - Gannett's Journal News set off a firestorm this week when it published an interactive map of people with handgun permits in Westchester and Rockland counties. One incensed blogger retaliated with an interactive map listing the addresses of newspaper employees. Well, expect more controversy: The paper plans to publish more...

Firms Choose Pay Cuts Over Layoffs
Firms Choose
Pay Cuts
Over Layoffs

Firms Choose Pay Cuts Over Layoffs

Some deem sharing the pain preferable to axing workers

(Newser) - Employers increasingly are opting to cut salaries rather than staff as they tighten budgets, a plan that helps keep them ready to respond to an economic rebound but could hurt morale, reports the Los Angeles Times. Companies also are looking to trim operating costs by eliminating bonuses, requiring employees to...

Gannett Forces Workers to Take Unpaid Leave

Move will avoid layoffs in newsrooms: company

(Newser) - America's largest newspaper publisher will require most of its 31,000 employees to take an unpaid week off this quarter, the New York Times reports. Gannett owns 85 newspapers in the US—including USA Today—that, like much of the industry, are under serious financial duress. The company says the...

More Advertisers Text to (Willing) Customers

Media companies jumping on board as ads have higher success rate than Web versions

(Newser) - Text-message advertisements are catching on with marketers, largely because consumers actually ask to receive them—or at least to receive content that ads are attached to, the Wall Street Journal reports. Coors Light, for example, added marketing blurbs to text alerts requested by fans during last month's NFL draft, of...

Newsday Sale Another Bad Sign in Teetering Industry

New paper owners face outlook grimmer than those that scared off predecessors

(Newser) - Just last year, Sam Zell was optimistic enough about newspapers to buy the Tribune Company. Now he’s selling Newsday, one of the conglomerate’s top publications. “The news business is something worse than horrible,” he said recently. Across the industry, gung-ho new owners like Zell are experiencing...

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