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Chris Matthews Gets Another Thrill

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Chris Matthews found another thrill yesterday during MSNBC’s coverage of Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Senate confirmation hearing. Nothing like good old impartial journalism!

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July 14, 2009 at 9:06 am

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Gannett Lay Off Will Total 1,400

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Gannett Co., Inc. will lay off about 1,400 employees next week as the largest U.S. newspaper publisher continues to try to deal with a struggling economy and its impact on the company’s advertisers.

In a letter sent to employees Wednesday, Bob Dickey, president of Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing Division, said newspapers across the country are finalizing plans to deal with local economic conditions and the plans would vary by community.

The company currently employs about 41,500 people after laying off about 10 percent of its work force last year.

Gannett owns more than 80 daily newspapers. Most are members of the Community Publishing Division

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July 2, 2009 at 6:43 pm

CNN Obtains Video of Michael Jackson’s Last Rehearsal

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CNN has obtained video of Michael Jackson’s last rehearsal, in which the pop icon appeared healthy two nights before he died.

AEG, promoter of Jackson’s planned London shows, released the short video of Jackson rehearsing on a stage in the Staples Center arena.

Jackson sang “They Don’t Care About Us,” a song from his “HIStory” album, as he danced along with eight male dancers.

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July 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm

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Springfield Republican Lays Off 30, at Least 12 From Editorial

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The Springfield (Mass.) Republican laid off 30 people on Monday, June 29. The layoffs include three editors, three photographers and six reporters, a source has told News Cycle.

Unfortunately, there has been no official announcement from management. The newspaper has a daily circulation of about 84,000 and is owned by Newhouse Newspapers, which in turn is owned by Advance Publications. Advance has in the past been tight lipped about staff reductions. For instance, its American City Business Journals recently suffered a round of cutbacks without any public acknowledgement.

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July 2, 2009 at 11:17 am

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Only 318 Newspaper Layoffs Reported in June

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Only 318 layoffs were reported in the newspaper industry in the month of June, the lowest number in 2009 by far. While this could be a sign of an improving economy, there are expectations that July could be much worse as Gannett is rumored to be ready to lay off as many as 4,500 people.

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June 30: Waco (Tx.) Tribune-Herald, 43 people.
June 30: St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press, 11 people.
June 29: Springfield (Mass.) Republican, 30 people.
June 24: Detroit Free Press, 22 people.
June 22: The State of Columbia, S.C., six people.
June 18: Albany (N.Y.) Times Union, 45 people.
June 10: Bellingham (Wash.) Herald, 30 people.
June 9: Blethen Maine Newspapers, 22 non-union employees and four executives. Five more people were released in a June 15 announcement.
June 8: The Register-Guard of Eugene, Ore., 21 people (14 additional unfilled positions eliminated).
June 5: The New York Observer, 15 people.
June 3: Stanwood/Camano (Wash.) News, 10 people.
June 3 :The Hollywood (Calif.) Reporter, 10 people.
June 2: The Tampa Tribune, 17 people.
June 2: DuBois (Pa.) Courier-Express, two people.
June 1: The Bulletin in Philadelphia ceases operations, at least 25 people.

Here are News Cycle’s month-by-month lists of newspaper job cuts this year:

December — 752 people.
November — 293 people.
October — 375 people.
September — 347 people.
August — 425 people.
July — 2,505 people.
June — 318 people.
May — 1,084 people.
April — 1,350 people.
March — 3,943 people.
February — 1,492 people.
January — 2,256 people.

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July 1, 2009 at 10:28 am

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