Finally Some Good News for Newsday! Long Island's Paper is Hiring 37, Adding 2,600 Pages

newsday120508 1 Finally Some Good News for Newsday! Long Island's Paper is Hiring 37, Adding 2,600 PagesNewsday editor in chief Debby Krenek announced to her staff today in a memo that the paper will be expanding! Ms. Krenek plans to hire 37 employees — 34 journalists and three staffers to help the editorial board. Her goal is to add 2,600 pages to the paper in the next year and fill them with local news about Long Island. The Opinon pages will also have 80 percent more space, including a full page of readers’ letters.

Today’s memo brought some of the best news the paper has had in a while! Since James Dolan bought the Melville-based paper from Tribune Co. in the spring of 2008, there has been no shortage of problems. Mr. Dolan cut two dozen jobs in the newsroom (the number of cuts continued to climb to 85). In September of 2009, publisher Tim Knight resigned. Newsday also stumbled online, only selling 35 subcriptions to its website in the three months after launching a paywall. Most recently the paper’s management has clashed with unionized employees over pay cuts.

Here’s the memo:

Date: 8/11/2010 11:29 AM

Subject: A message from Debby Krenek

Dear colleagues,

Newsday’s newsroom is hiring!
In a big step forward on boosting our local coverage, during the next six months we will hire 34 new journalists for our newsroom and digital teams, and add 2,600 pages of additional news and opinion to our newspaper annually. I’m very excited to announce that we are making this significant investment in people and pages to provide more and stronger coverage for Long Islanders.
Many initiatives will increase town and local coverage in print and provide our online audience with more updates and faster coverage of breaking news around the clock. They include:
  • Adding to the number of town reporters
  • Doubling the number of Long Island news pages in Newsday each day
  • Upping the number of regional zoned editions of Sunday’s LI Life to provide more localized town news and information
  • Hiring community journalists who will hit Long Island’s streets in search of local features and personalities that define each community as we launch hundreds of hyper-local pages later this month
  • Gathering and building even more databases to become the definitive online source of local data for LI communities
  • Expanding our “community watchdog” role by increasing local investigations and enterprise reporting staff to dig into key topics that matter most to Long Islanders
  • Cross-training staff to enable them to cover news in both text and video
We also plan to expand our business and feature sections by:
  • Adding space to our daily business section, with more local, useful information for and about the Long Island business community
  • Introducing a daily e-mailed business newsletter
  • Boosting pages in LI Life to include a weekend Explore LI component for planning the week ahead
  • Creating a weekly in-depth profile story that will highlight the life, lifestyles and trends of Long Islanders
The Opinion section will grow as the editorial board under Rita Ciolli’s leadership adds three new positions and increases its weekly space in the newspaper by nearly 80 percent. This section will offer a full page of readers’ letters every weekday, along with more opinion pieces from across Long Island and beyond, representing a broad spectrum of viewpoints.
In sum, we will add 37 new people to our teams as part of our commitment to be the indispensable source of news and information for Long Island.
If you know journalists interested in applying for these positions, please have them send their resume and clips to maryann.skinner@newsday.com.
I’m proud that Newsday is making this major investment and I hope you will be, too.
Sincerely,
Debbie Krenek

(h/t Azi Paybarah)