One year ago, the Newhouses were threatening to close down their treasured jewel, The Star-Ledger, unless the paper’s union made a series of concessions, which included cutting the newsroom by 40 percent.
They got what they wanted, and it seemed like things could go back to normal, albeit with fewer deckhands on the ship. Read More
Donald Newhouse wanted 200 Star-Ledger staffers to raise their hand and request a buyout. If a few more asked, he said he would accept up to 230.
Today, the New York Post‘s Keith Kelly reports that far more Ledger staffers actually want the buyout. A whopping 409 employees have requested a buyout, leaving Read More
The drivers approved the deal, and The Star-Ledger remains in the hands of the Newhouse family.
According to The Star-Ledger’s Steve Chambers:
‘I’m thrilled The Star-Ledger will remain part of our family,’ said Donald Newhouse, president of Advance Publications, which has owned the paper since 1935. ‘I have confidence in The Star-Ledger management team, Read More
Things are looking steady again at the Star-Ledger.
The paper has found 200 employees to accept buyouts, and now has a tentative deal in place with the drivers’ union.
Donald Newhouse confirmed it to the A.P. and said, "I am very hopeful that we will have the buyouts and I’m very hopeful that the Read More
When Newark Star-Ledger publisher George Arwady announced this month that the newspaper would be sold away from its longtime parent, the Newhouses, or folded if certain conditions weren’t met, he didn’t say anything much about dwindling advertising revenue, falling circulation, staff redundancies or inefficiencies.
Two hundred employees seemed poised to take Read More
Is it a negotiation tactic, or real?
That’s what Media Mob asked Advance publications president Donald Newhouse today regarding the memo that Star-Ledger publisher George Arwady sent out to staff saying that if a drivers union didn’t agree to a new contract, the paper would be in danger of closing.
"That’s what we’ve told Read More
Take this for what it’s worth, and it might not be worth anymore than a negotiation tactic, but The Newark Star-Ledger‘s publisher, George Arwady, has sent out this cryptic (and rather ominous) memo to staffers:
From: ARWADY, GEORGE
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 1:01 PM
To: ~ MAINTENANCE
Subject: Update from Arwady
As Read More
John Koblin asks, What’s the matter with Jersey? "Since the start of summer, The New York Times emptied out its two New Jersey bureaus in Trenton and Newark; in June, The Record of Bergen County announced it would shut down its headquarters and its reporters would be homeless; in July, The Star Ledger announced Read More
What is happening to newspapers in New Jersey over the last few months? The New York Times has emptied out its Newark and Trenton bureaus; The Bergen Record, as former senator Bob Torricelli likes to remind us, is shutting down its Hackensack headquarters. The Newhouses announced The Star-Ledger has to cut 200 bodies, Read More
The Star-Ledger announced today that 200 non-unionized employees will have to take a buyout by Oct. 1. If the total is not met, the Newhouses’ Advance Publications is threatening to sell the newspaper. Reporters are not unionized, according to a source close to the paper.
"There are quite a few reporters—some who have been Read More