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Letter to Romenesko A GateHouse Media employee writes: The attached shiny new employee handbook does a lot of shitty things, but most deplorable are the reduction in the number of paid holidays from nine to six, and the increase in the threshhold for calculating overtime. [Non-management employees] are paid for 37.5 hours; now they can’t …

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Worcester Telegram & Gazette editorial page editor Chris Sinacola resigned at the GateHouse-owned paper laid off several staffers today, including editorial cartoonist David Hitch, reports MassLive.com’s Noah Bombard. He adds: “The layoffs this round hit hard at what was left of the paper’s online department. …The additional layoffs come on the heels of several layoffs …

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* Details of StarNews layoffs not disclosed (starnewsonline.com) Newspaper downsizing continues. I’m getting multiple reports of layoffs today at GateHouse papers that were formerly owned by Halifax Media, including the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. My readers say the Sarasota paper is losing several veterans, including sportswriter John Brockmann. He’s been with the paper for 54 years. What …

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A Romenesko reader writes: “So far, none of GateHouse Media’s newly acquired Halifax employees have received paychecks. I suspect it’s just a tech glitch and ultimately not going to be a crisis, but it sure starts our new employment with a bang! Here’s the email we got from corporate this morning.” Halifax Employees, As many …

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GateHouse Media parent New Media Investment Group is paying $280 million in cash for Halifax’s 36 newspapers. The deal will close early next year. TO: GateHouse Media and LMG Employees FROM: Kirk Davis, CEO, GateHouse Media LLC RE: Halifax Media Asset Purchase Agreement Announcement DATE: November 20, 2014 I’m pleased to announce that New Media …

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GateHouse Media CEO Mike Reed has been collecting six-figure annual bonuses while his journalists haven’t had raises in seven years. As reported here last week, a health-care reporter at GateHouse’s Springfield (IL) State Journal-Register works at McDonald’s on weekends to make ends meet. This cartoon was drawn by Chris Britt, who was laid off from …

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A memo sent to GateHouse Media publishers and editors says 1,300 people have applied to work at the company’s new design center in Austin. “We’re seeing a high volume of strong candidates that come from quality daily newspapers and terrific journalism schools who want to be part of what we’re creating in Austin,” write GateHouse …

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In early September, News Corp. sold its Dow Jones Local Media Group — 33 newspapers — to the majority shareholder of GateHouse Media. I’m getting reports today of “bloodbaths” at some of the former Dow Jones papers. The Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record has confirmed my tipsters’ reports that the paper has laid off its four …

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GateHouse Media has filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy. CEO Michael Reed says in a memo that “with the challenges facing our industry and the impending maturity of our secured debt next year, we needed to be proactive in exploring options to restructure our debt, recapitalize and position ourselves for future growth.” He adds: “Our …

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