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Report: 16 Employees Accept Philadelphia Inquirer Buyout Packages

Kevin Kinkead - June 14, 2019

Friday news coming to us via Jeff Blumenthal at the Philadelphia Business Journal, who reports that Inquirer/Daily News/Philly.com bosses might be shifting to layoffs after not receiving the requisite buyout agreements from employees.

Writes Jeff:

NewsGuild President Diane Mastrull, a longtime business reporter and editor, said, as of Thursday, 16 members had accepted the package. That is well short of the 30 she said management claimed was needed to avoid implementing layoffs. Mastrull said the deadline for accepting the buyouts is Friday, but she does not think there will be 30 takers.

In a show of solidarity, Guild members delivered a petition to Vice President of our People and Culture Lauren Kauffman — Publisher Terry Egger was out of the office — signed by 255 of about 330 members to demand no layoffs.

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“The possibility of layoffs remains,” Inquirer management said. “However, whether that step is necessary and how many might be affected won’t be known until the voluntary separation program is completed next week.”

Jeff went on to share a couple tweets confirming that sports editor Deborah Woodell and news reporter Jan Hefler would be accepting buyouts.

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Philly NewsGuild not Interested in Inquirer/Daily News Buyouts and Layoffs

Kevin Kinkead - June 6, 2019

There hasn’t been much movement when it comes to the latest round of buyouts and possible layoffs taking place at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com.

The latest update was that Philly.com would be re-branding as Inquirer.com, a move that seems strange to me, since Philly.com is one of the most recognizable brands and URLs in this region. Could foreshadow some kind of Daily News split, but I don’t know. It was also revealed that the “Philadelphia Media Network,” which owns the Inky/Daily News/Philly.com, will now be known as “Philadelphia Inquirer, PBC,” which stands for “public benefit corporation.”

Call it whatever; ownership is looking to cut “30 union jobs in the newsroom and other departments, plus an unspecified number of nonunion jobs,” as cited on… Philly.com. Buyouts will be offered to 140 employees, which includes 117 NewsGuild of Greater Philadelphia members.

Apparently that’s no bueno with the guild, who posted this on their website as they circulate a petition, after the jump:

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How Much You Think It Burns the Loins of Marcus Hayes That We’re the Top Story on Philly.com Right Now?

Kyle Scott - February 20, 2017

Rob Tornoe writing about our newest addition, Leslie Gudel:

Her first piece seemed to balance Gudel’s reporting sensibilities with Crossing Broad’s outside-the-box coverage of Philadelphia sports. The veteran reporter interviewed Phillies outfielder Howie Kendrick, but chose to get to know him through the prism of his interesting and sometimes insightful Instagram profile.

“This might seem like a curious addition given the tone of the site — and it is — but I think we can continue to be our usual snarky selves while at the same time incorporating some more traditional reporting,” said Scott, who launched the growing, and often profane, sports blog seven years ago and now employs one full-time staffer, Jim Adair, and several paid contributors.

Often profane sports blog. You might think that this is where I would take the low hanging fruit and sarcastically write something like “fuck that” or “what a bullshit description.” But nope. I won’t feed the perception.

You can read the full thing here. The Takeover 2.0 continues.

Philly.com Doing Their Best Sal Pal

Jim Adair - February 20, 2015

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Guys, it’s about time we give up on the dream of getting Marcus Mariota unless, you know, there’s a way we could get Marcus Mariota. Keep hope alive/hope is dead.

It’s a rare opportunity when you’re able to look into a crystal ball and see exactly what your next five months are going to be like. This is that crystal ball.

H/T to reader John

Outgoing VP of Sales Blasts Editorial Strategy of Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com

Kyle Scott - May 31, 2014

Fun.

George Loesch, the outgoing VP of sales and marketing for the outgoing Interstate General Media, ripped into the editorial strategies of the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com. Quite spectacularly, I might add.

In an email to his colleagues obtained by the Philadelphia Business Journal, Loesch went in on the old-world tactics of the newsroom, which, at this point, is more of a concept fancied by ink-stained scriptuals than an actual thing:

Nixon is no longer President, and we need to re-invent and transform ourselves. Market research and Inquirer Customer satisfaction scores of the paper were consistently below average. There is an enemy called average, and I expected more from the newsroom and improvements to the product. More relevant and compelling content. The status quo and aiming for mediocrity is not journalistic excellence. If our Inquirer product was a soup, it would have been taken off the store shelves. As I’ve said, ‘not enough chicken in the chicken noodle soup’, and our readers told us that. Confront the brutal facts. The newsroom leadership despised me. Many others in the newsroom respected me, and inspired me to push for change and make a difference. Tried to bring accountability, performance and measurement to the newsroom.

We could do one of two things: Hold on to our current recipe and watch our business fade away OR transform and deliver on what our customers’ expectations are. Holding on to the protocols of a legacy news model and to the quasi solo ‘church and state’ views of the newsroom against the influence of business concerns is not a forward thinking strategy. However, the vision to transform and deliver on our customer expectations, and institutionalizing a customer centric culture, innovate and evolve products while focusing on a transition to digital over the strategic horizon, an innovation and transformation strategy could stabilize and grow the company.

He has two main points, as best as I see it:

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Bernie Parent Will Be Writing For Philly.com

Kyle Scott - January 28, 2013

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Philly.com, as part of its never-ending quest to churn a profit by doing things that will NEVER CHURN A PROFIT, will add “New Voices” in an effort to pump up its content offering without, you know, hiring actual journalists: [Philly.com]

Ari Rabin-Havt, the nation’s most exciting new progressive commentator; Philadelphia’s own John Featherman with his unique and penetrating conservative viewpoints; Mark Segal, one of the region’s and nation’s most compelling gay leaders and the publisher of Philadelphia Gay News will add topical commentary in a new column entitled, Mark, uncensored;  Kenny Gamble, a Philadelphia cultural and business giant; Table Matters blogger Jason Wilson; leading interior designer Carrie Leskowitz; Dr. Jill McDevitt, a nationally recognized sexologist; technology pundit Eric Smith, co-founder of Geekadelphia; activist Chris Goldstein who writes about the issues surrounding marijuana; Maria Papadakis whose videos will cover the local social scene and celebrities; and Bernie Parent, an inspiring member of the NHL Hall of Fame who writes about self-empowerment and motivation.

 

I will look forward to Dr. Jill McDevitt’s sex talks, because…

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 … yeah.

And I’ll also look forward to articles by Bernie Parent, who continues to have the best life in the history of life:

"Bernie is one of the most legendary players in Flyers history who personally inspires me by the strong bond that he shares with so many in the community through his mentoring and leadership." said Lexie Norcross, Director of Interstate General Media, parent company of Philly.com.  “We are thrilled Bernie will be part of Philly.com and know that he will instantly entertain and motivate readers.”

 

For real, Parent is awesome. His existence basically consists of banquets, paid speaking gigs, fishing and cigar sponsorships (he writes a weekly fishing report and has his own cigar!), taking photos with topless chicks at Wing Bowl, and now, getting paid to write things on Philly.com.

I’m not so sure any of this makes business sense for Philly.com, because, chances are, 70% of the “New Voices” won’t be able to string coherent sentences together… but, Bernie will undoubtedly entertain.

Philly.com’s VP of Digital Advertising Steve Alessi explained the new initiative thusly:

“The New Voices” is a platform that will soon debut on Philly.com and will feature notable national and local leaders addressing a wide and diverse range of topics.  “Our goal, at Philly.com is to reach across the full breadth of our region’s ideas, its people and their lives,” said Steve Alessi, Vice President, Digital Advertising and General Manager of Philly.com. “Relevance and reach can be overused terms, but “The New Voices” reflects our desire to transform and deepen the traditional relationship between a media company and its community.”

 

I have no idea what that means.

Philly.com Reported a Fake Hunter Pence Trade Rumor Last Night

Kyle Scott - July 31, 2012

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Move, move! Gotta get to San Fran!

When so many rumors come flying through the interwebtuals at a high rate of speed, sometimes it can be difficult to keep up. And, unfortunately, it's rather easy to get duped.

So that leads several – likely those who have never seen another human being naked (in person) or people who spent their formative years in a hole similar to the prison in Dark Knight Rises – to create fake Twitter accounts for respected reporters by changing just one letter or using an upper-case I in place of a lower-case l in a Twitter handle (see what l mean?). It’s happened to Jon Heyman, Ken Rosenthal, Jim Salisbury and others, and, when it does, thousands are fooled into thinking their team just pulled off a ridiculous trade. Usually, the media is there to quickly debunk such pranks… but sometimes they, too, fall for the ruse.

Enter Philly.com, home of the Inquirer and – checks to make sure it still prints – the Daily News.

Last night, on their highest of cheeses blog, they took the baton on a fake Hunter Pence to the Giants trade rumor reported by Ken Rosenthai, ran with it, and dove across the finish line:

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Oops. A few poor souls were perplexed at the news:

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Their Twitter account quickly backtracked:

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Weren't the only ones? No, just the only local paper of record.

We have a good idea who was responsible for the rush to report, but it’s not worth naming names. Everyone makes mistakes. Of course, if, say, a blog were to do this, media types would be all over it, stepping up on their ink-stained soapboxes to slam new media and the rush to be first instead of accurate. They’d sound like Frank Langella’s Richard Nixon and start shouting things like: These blogs always get things wrong. It’s part of their culture. But not newspapers. Look, when you’re working at the paper of record, you got to do a lot of things sometimes that are not always in the strictest sense, accurate, but you do them because they’re in the greater good of the dying business. And what I’m saying is that when Philly.com does it, that means it’s not illegal.

I actually wrote that whole thing out while using Langella’s Frost/Nixon voice, which, oddly, sounds very similar to my Bane voice. Seriously, just change one inflection and, boom, the masked man. Ah, you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but blinding! 

Anyway, all the Philly.com folks had to do was a quick check of followers on that fake Rosenthal account. They didn’t. They just repeated the news as gospel.

CB Featured in SportsWeek Article on Philly Sports Blogs

Kyle Scott - June 27, 2012

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Today in self-aggrandizing…

Zach Berman wrote a rather lengthy article about Philly sports blogs in this week’s SportsWeek. It was in print on Saturday, but because Philly.com is run by really smart business people, the article about websites didn’t go online until today.

The whole thing is well worth your time, as it details the changing sports media landscape thanks to a myriad local blogs, most of which do really good work. But I’ll call your attention to this part, which gives you a little glimpse inside my existence: 

On Saturday, May 19, Scott awoke at 7 a.m., checked his email and saw a message sent hours earlier from a tipster disclosing Burrell's whereabouts the night before. Scott, 28, from suburban Philly, jumped out of bed and dashed to his computer, where he tried to corroborate the account by searching Twitter. Even someone who doesn't fancy himself as Bob Woodward was skeptical about an email sent from a bar in the early-morning hours. But when he saw that someone else had also identified Burrell at the same Center City nightspot, he posted an entry on Crossing Broad. In the following days, there were more tips with more stories and more photos. Scott's site became a de facto Burrell GPS, a "Where's Waldo?" expedition following Pat the Bat's Center City bar crawl.

 

If I ever have a Wikipedia page, that’s what I want on there.

Read the full thing here.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a douchey t-shirt to iron.