The paper formerly known as the San Diego Union-Tribune told readers today that it’s now U-T San Diego. (The paper’s website, signonsandiego.com, becomes utsandiego.com.)
From the rebranding memo/FAQ to employees:
Why the change in the company/newspaper?
- The change is a result of continually listening to our readers, customers, and community partners to ensure we are delivering on their needs and the needs of our community.
The San Diego paper was recently acquired by hotel owner Doug Manchester, whose team says it aims to make a “good” paper “great” by implementing changes that include a new dress code for journalists.
The full memo:
TO: All employees
Starting Tuesday, January 3, we will use a new company name and logo on all of our media products and communications: U-T San Diego. This change marks a new era in our company’s history. It will help us unify our print and digital products under a single brand with a clear and consistent expectation of quality. In this way, SignOnSanDiego.com is now UTSanDiego.com to match the nameplate of the newspaper and our newly released iPad app. We will operate as one integrated media company.
WILL OUR E-MAIL ADDRESSES CHANGE?
Yes, starting January 3rd, everyone who has an email box in Exchange will have a new email address. The new email address will maintain the same alias (first name.last name) that is currently used; but, the @uniontrib.com domain changes. For example, if you have an email
address that is firstname.lastname@example.org, the new address becomes email@example.com. This will also change for all mail-enabled public folders. It is important to note, that email will continue to be received by the older email address. This change just adds a new address and sets it as a primary, reply-to address; it does not remove the email address that existed previously. [CONTINUES] Read More
The new owners of the San Diego Union-Tribune have asked employees to help the paper go from “good” to “great” by dressing up a bit and working longer hours for the same pay. “Employees will transition to a 40 hour work week effective January 2, 2012,” from the old 37.5-hour work week. “Standard office hours will be, 8:30 – 5:30, with an hour for lunch,” says a memo to staff. About the dress code:
We would like employees who work with the public to dress in sharp business attire. …Employees who do not work directly with the public, should keep in mind that we always have visitors, government officials/dignitaries in and out of our building, and the desire is to have a professional workplace appearance. “Casual Friday” will continue, but should be only slightly less business oriented than Monday through Thursday.
* U-T staff to work longer hours, dress snazzier under new management
UPDATE: There are dozens of comments about this on my Facebook wall. Here are some of them:
I had lots of knee-jerk reactions to this … I recognize myself that some days I could dress better, but my focus tends to be on the stories I’m doing. I think a friendly reminder about looking professional, rather than a condescending announcement about wearing business attire, would go over better with staff. Forty hours a week would sound like a vacation to many journalists I know.
I started working at CBS News in 1977. One day when I was still an admin. asst. on the Foreign Desk, an executive needed someone to deliver something to Bill Paley at Black Rock, the CBS corporate headquarters. Because I wasn’t wearing a dress or a skirt I actually couldn’t go. Women could wear pants at the Broadcast Center but not at corporate back then. Hard to believe now.
The Hotel guy thinks that by slapping a new coat of paint and changing the furniture people wil come?? Quality brings them, not new furnishings.
”Standard office hours” in a newsroom? Good luck with that. And I wonder if they’re getting paid enough to afford “We would like employees who work with the public to dress in sharp business attire.”
I thought Leona Helmsley was dead.
Although … an hour for lunch? Woo hoo! Surely the deadly house fires, barricaded gunmen and near-drowning victims rescued with heart-stopping precision will happily wait to get their photos taken for me to finish a peaceful lunch … Kwame Kilpatrick, to be sure, wishes reporters had daily taken a lunch hour. [CONTINUES]