Archive

Tag Archives: memos

A reader sends this memo from Gannett “chief people officer” David Harmon:

From: A message from Dave Harmon
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 3:24 PM
To: A message from Dave Harmon
Subject: Engagement Survey Follow Up

Good afternoon,

A couple of weeks ago, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) presented the Gannett Executive Team with the results from our Employee Engagement Survey.gannett Per Bob Dickey’s (May 16, 2016) email, I am following up with some specifics from the survey…

Confidentiality First:
As we communicated at the beginning of the survey, PwC only shares information about groups – and if a group is less than 6 people, they cannot share the data. And the feedback we received about comments are grouped by topic and cannot be tied back to individuals. That said, thank you for taking the time to provide additional comments – we received over 350 pages of comments from you./CONTINUES Read More

My tipster writes: “After repeatedly told website hits aren’t a competition between reporters in Louisville [at the Courier-Journal], here we have one. This email was sent out to reporters Tuesday afternoon. Entry was not voluntary.”

Hey everyone!

For those who missed yesterday’s meeting, welcome to The Courier-Journal local/mobile social media bracket challenge! If you’re getting this email, you’ve been entered.

You all will be competing in a tournament for the next five weeks, starting yesterday, for a chance to win a new Apple Watch, among some other cool prizes for second, third and fourth place.

Please find the bracket attached, this also is written on the big white board in the fun room./CONTINUES Read More

The Charleston Post and Courier posted this column on February 26:
phish

One day later, the CEO of the newspaper’s parent company sent this email:

Date: February 27, 2016
To: All Employees of Evening Post Industries and its Affiliates
From: John Barnwell, CEO
CC: Members of the Board of Directors

Dear Fellow Employees,

Yesterday, Friday, February 26, Evening Post Industries was the targeted victim of an email spoofing incident. Through this incident, a request was made for a summary of all 2015 employee W2 information – to include all affiliates. Unfortunately this information was provided before we discovered that the request was made from a fraudulent account, by an individual purporting to be me.

We discovered the fraudulent nature of the request late afternoon Friday and have been working diligently ever since to investigate and gather as many resources as possible to counteract this incident. As you are impacted parties, we wanted to notify you immediately and share the resources we’ve put in place to help mitigate risk./CONTINUES Read More

THE STORY: Gawker Media sells minority stake to investment company

THE STAFF MEMO FROM NICK DENTON:

Hey, everybody —

I’m pleased to let you know that Gawker Media Group has agreed to a minority investment from Columbus Nova, a firm with interests in companies such as Rhapsody, Harmonix, 300 Entertainment and Zoom Data — as well as the makers of Everquest.
images-1
The transaction is expected to close after formal approval of shareholders, tomorrow. It will be the first time GMG has taken outside capital.

The funding will strengthen GMG’s financial reserves as we prepare for trial this March in Hulk Hogan’s $100 million invasion of privacy lawsuit, in which we are defending our right to report truthfully on the conduct of public figures./CONTINUES Read More

Two-time Pulitzer winner Richard Read wrote this farewell note to Oregonian colleagues after taking the paper’s buyout and leaving the paper on Dec. 31. “Hopefully other reporters can get a little bit of his wisdom,” writes the Oregonian staffer who forwarded Read’s email.

From: Richard Read
Subject: Bye for now

Dear friends-

It’s time to say goodbye. I’ll miss each one of you. I can’t resist dispensing some advice, worth what you pay for it, to reporters especially.

Richard Read

Richard Read

Manage your editors with patience. Some of them labor under the misimpression that you work for them, not vice versa. Learn from each one. Learn from your fellow reporters. Always have 10 story ideas; editors fill a vacuum. Marvel each day that you get paid to receive an education. Treat your sources with respect. Every so often, try doing something instead of just writing about doing something.

Fight for the little person, the voiceless, the abused and seldom seen. Expose corruption, injustice and ignorance.

Stay safe. Some of us, including Helen Jung, who still works with you, have risked our lives in war zones for The Oregonian. Do not try this at home. Remember, when covering a volcano, not to interview the eruption. I knew two photographers and a volcanologist who died that way in Japan, along with their driver and a cop who tried to save them. Another time, Oregonian reporter Joan Laatz Jewett, speeding with a photographer at the wheel to cover a Clackistan shooting, noticed the end of a gun barrel and a puff of smoke. The bullet hit the news car’s windshield frame to the right of Joan’s head./CONTINUES Read More

Gawker Media union members received this email on Thursday morning [my boldface]:

Dear WGAE-represented Gawker employee:

The good news is that we are talking seriously with the company about pay. The bad news is that the company’s counterproposal is pure status quo. No raises at all (beyond what would cover dues) except what each individual employee might be able to wrangle on his or her own.

The whole point of joining together in a union is to ensure that people’s collective voice is heard, to improve conditions for everyone. The negotiating committee’s response has been very clear: the status quo is not enough and solid, reasonable across-the-board pay increases are essential. We will return to the bargaining table again in two weeks to keep the pressure on.

In Solidarity,

Lowell Peterson
Jeff Schioppa
Executive Director
Business Agent

Writers Guild of America, East
250 Hudson Street, Suite 700
New York, New York 10013

* June 2015: Gawker Media employees vote to unionize (gawker.com)

Seattle Times editor Kathy Best writes in her buyouts memo: “I don’t want to lose any of you and I know that doing so carries a price for our newsroom and for our readers. But we don’t have a choice if we want The Seattle Times to continue.”

Best sent this to her staff earlier this week:

As you know, 2016 is a tough budget year for The Seattle Times.

Thanks to your creativity, we were able to find tens of thousands of dollars in savings from expenses. But even after pulling all the change from all the seat cushions, we still need significant reductions in the newsroom budget.

That’s why we’re offering an opportunity for those of you already thinking of leaving the Times to do so with some extra cash in your pocket./CONTINUES Read More

Gannett announced Monday that former Wall Street Journal deputy managing editor and ex-Conde Nast Portfolio editor Joanne Lipman has been named the newspaper chain’s chief content officer. Gannett also appointed Daniel Bernard as chief product officer. Here’s the CEO’s memo to staff:

From: A message from Bob Dickey
Date: December 7, 2015 at 7:58:29 AM EST
To: A message from Bob Dickey
Subject: Gannett Announces Two Key Appointments

Team – as we continue to build upon the outstanding leadership acumen of the company, today we named two people with tremendous experience to key positions.

I’m very happy to tell you we have appointed Joanne Lipman our first-ever chief content officer. Most recently she was principal of Surrey Lane Media and was formerly editor-in-chief of Conde Nast Portfolio and Portfolio.com, and earlier deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal.

Our second key appointment is Daniel Bernard, who will be our chief product officer. He was previously head of product for Time, Fortune and Money Digital at Time, Inc.; formerly chief product officer for The Wall Street Journal Digital Network; and earlier general manager for The Wall Street Journal Online./CONTINUES Read More

At an all-hands meeting last Friday, Christian Science Monitor staffers were told that the paper is restructuring and will cut about two dozen jobs over the next 18 months. “We will retain the capacity to cover the most important stories of the day,” says a memo to staff, “but a significant share of our resources will be focused on targeted topics. …This means we will cover fewer topics, but do so with authority, insight, and healing impact.”

The full memo:

The Monitor’s Role in the World at this Hour
November 17, 2015

The Christian Science Monitor is a purpose­-driven organization. It is one of the most direct ways the Christian Science church engages the world. It’s integral to the daily practice of Christian Scientists as they pray and broaden the scope of their consciousness. And it’s a valued resource for anyone who cares about the world and wants to see healing and progress.

What does the world need now from The Christian Science Monitor?/CONTINUES Read More

Gawker Media executive editor John Cook announced Tuesday that Gawker.com is shifting its focus to politics. Gawker.com editor-in-chief Alex Pareene followed that up Wednesday morning with a memo stating “politics means the campaign, sure, but it also encompasses business, money, the Internet, culture, and most of the rest of the beats Gawker has always been on.”

Here’s the rest of his memo:

It is probably overdue for me to lay out my vision for Gawker, and how I plan, with your help, to achieve it.

It’s true: Gawker is going to become much more political. The Gawker I want to do is going to extensively cover politics, defined very broadly (and in more detail below). But at the most fundamental level, I want to be the editor of the Gawker that I want to read: One that is smart and arch and fast and slightly weird. Gawker should be a news outlet that regularly does what other news outlets would never do, because they’re too self-serious. Our ideal reader, and my ideal site, is smart as hell, but unpretentious./CONTINUES Read More