'Blade' Of Toledo to Layoff 20 Guild Workers

From Editor and Publisher: NEW YORK Claiming continued losses from the first quarter of 2007, The Blade of Toledo, Ohio is planning to layoff some 20 Newspaper Guild employees across several departments, according to Assistant Managing Editor Luann Sharp.

"We notified the Guild on Monday officially that we would, for economic reasons, need to layoff members of the Guild," Sharp told E&P Tuesday. "We are looking for a reduction of 20 full-time equivalents, which could be 25 to 30 positions with part-time workers."

http://www.mediainfo.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1...

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I sometimes think about ending my subscription to The Blade. Not because of any problems I have with their reporting or editorials, but because I am not sure I need the paper version anymore.

I admit that I am trying to rationalize a way to save $120 per year. I will have to really look into it. At present I get the paper version, and read mostly the first and second sections. Most of what I read I can find on the Internet for nothing. We do use some of the paper as napkins to feed our cats on, and the rest is recycled. The union repre-senting the workers are doing their membership a poor service, I think.

Union "solidarity" is pretty well dead. I feel some sympathy for the workers who have mortgages, and are trying to squeeze more money from their contract, but I think they don't have much chance. The reality is that the newspaper is more prone to the changes wrought by technology that, say, a Wal-Mart.

Old South End Broadway

"Weekday circulation at daily newspapers falls 2.1%"
http://www.usatoday.com/money/media/2007-04-30-newspaper-circulation-fal...

I don't suppose anyone out there has access to the historical circulation figures for The Blade?

If people didn't want bias and agenda, Fox News and WSPD would have gone a long time ago.

...between news and talk show hosts. People want 'opinion,' which automatically includes bias, in their talk show hosts - whether they be conservative or liberal. They also want opinion on the editorial pages.

And, for the most part, people subscribe to or listen to opinions with which they generally agree.

And they tend to NOT recognize bias in news reports when such bias is in alignment with their positions.

But I think the financial problems at the Blade are more a reflection of the industry overall and the difficulties print media is facing these days. Of course, their union problems have exacerbated these already existing problems...

Each individual who reads The Blade will have to figure out if it makes sense to subscribe to the paper for $120/year. Today I begin my evaluation.

Since the "trash crisis" I have begun to have an interest in local news (which I didn't have before). The latest fiasco with the search for a superintendent for TPS added to that interest.

I turned with bated breath to the front page. I saw more reporting about Harner, and the Board of Education. The Second Section also had reportage of interest (that is the one that my mom always reads first).

Then I went through the first section, and just scanned the bad news from Iraq (can you imagine what those citizens are saying about their school board there?). Ah, then "The Page of Opinion", and read the letters to the editor.

I then checked the "online version". I recorded one point for the free, "online" version. But I got to think about my mom (who has macular degeneration, and has never used one of these "new-fangled televisions" that I can't seem to live without now). She uses a magnifier to read her favorite sections. That is one point for the printed version.

So far everything I want from the Blade I can get with the online version for free. It is my mom (the pervious generation at 80 years of age) who might never be able to give up the printed version.

Old South End Broadway

i can find.

GuestZero has asked for this several times, and I apologize for not jumping all over this, but I've been really busy.

Frankly, I don't know if it is closely held info or not. But let me see...

In terms of whether you find the online version of The Blade more useful than the printed version... That's up to you. The Blade just wants to be your news source.

Politcally, I think everyone knows that I agree with Darkseid on a lot of his opinions. It would be great to be able to appeal more to people like him, and others. I just satisfy myself by reading Jack Kelly. I try not to scream when reading the opinion page, but I don't think that I'm alone there?

Here's what I don't think is fair.

I am told by "someone at home" that when I take my web-capable PDA into the bathroom to read Drudge that it is "just gross." However, when that very same person takes the printed version of a newspaper into the bathroom with her, well that's just fine! I feel discriminated against! I have replied to some threads here and elsewhere while sitting on the throne. Does that bother anyone here at swampbubbles?

Hey. I may as well get a laugh b/c if I'm laid off, I'll have to remember the "good old days."

Paul,

I believe the woman is rightfully grossed out that you read Drudge. Not that you read it in the bathroom.

http://www.burrellesluce.com/top100/2004_Top_100List.pdf

this is the 2004 list of the top 100 papers. The Blade is number 82 w/ a daily circulation of 139,293 - 184,244 Sunday.

http://www.burrellesluce.com/top100/2006_Top_100List.pdf

In 2006 the Blade is at #83 with a daily circulation of 129,291 - 167,686

The Newspaper Association of America compiles circulation information and publishes in the Scarborough report.

http://www.naa.org/Home/NAAOrg.aspx

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

Probably everyone who subscribes to the paper edition also goes to their web site, but maybe not. It would be nice to know the combined total of circulation plus

Old South End Broadway

If what I just posted before this holds true, then I really should cancel my subscription to

Old South End Broadway

I heard discussion on the radio today about where the layoffs were coming from. They mentioned the technology dept. Will this affect your job?

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

circulation, newsroom, finance, advertising, and information technology employees, - I thought Paul said he was technical staff.

I believe they said 20 full timers or 30 part timers.

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

Your

Old South End Broadway

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......merely witnessing The slow, torturous death of the dinosaur media.

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BRING THE TROOPS HOME-NOW!
Why should one more drop of our soldiers blood be spilled on foreign soil? Why fight/die for 'freedom' anymore when our citizens are pissing it away at the voting booth?

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'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

There's a tool on the Democratic Party website -- democrats.org -- that helps you send editorials to newspapers around the country. Among other things, it shows the circulation umbers (but not historical numbers).

It's an interesting & helpful tool...

http://www.democrats.org/page/content/partybuilderLTE/

Oh, and Matt Drudge is a hack....

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It's a private company, if you heard that, it was hearsay.

Maybe you trusted the source, but with YOUR credibility around here.... well... I take this with a HUGE grain of salt.
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THE SOURCE I READ IT IN WAS THE GODDAMNED BLADE ABOUT A YEAR AGO, when the union-busting started.
Just hearsay, I guess.

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BRING THE TROOPS HOME-NOW!
Why should one more drop of our soldiers blood be spilled on foreign soil? Why fight/die for 'freedom' anymore when our citizens are pissing it away at the voting booth?

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'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

First, the votes are in, NO MORE Drudge for me! How about a little NYTimes on the PDA?

Anyway, I read the printed version and use the paper afterward for many tasks around the house. You get the thing (during the week) delivered for $.50 and look at all the neat things you can do with it after you're finished reading it!

From Frugal Living's Uses of Newspapers

These uses probably won't use up all all of your newspapers, but who knows....

* Dry windows, mirrors and chrome. If it doesn't seem absorbent, give it a minute. It will become softly absorbent like chamois cloth.
* Use a pad of newspaper near a doorway in wet weather to put boots and wet shoes on.
* Newspaper makes very good insulation where you don't need to worry about fire.
* Put a layer in the bottom of your shoes or boots. It makes them warmer and helps to absorb moisture and odors.
* The old standby: Papier mache.
* Ripen tomatoes by wrapping them individually in newspaper and leaving at room temperature.
* Use it to absorb odors in containers of any kind. Fill the container with wadded up newspaper and close; let it set overnight or longer.
* Possibly the most common use: As a disposable mat for art and small repair projects. Use several sheets together.
* Let the kids fingerpaint on it.
* Use it to make patterns for almost anything. Copy your favorite sewing pattern onto newspaper to keep the pattern from wearing out.
* Make a template of newspaper when laying linoleum or tile. If you don't get it just right the first time, it won't cost anything to try again.
* Make seeding pots. Plant roots won't have to be disturbed to plant as newspaper will degrade in soil. (Call the newspaper to make sure inks are safe for food.)
* Use as mulch to keep down weeds. Newspaper will eventually degrade and enrich the soil, too.
* Use newspaper sheets as dropcloths when painting.
* Save your paper towels or napkins when draining fried foods by padding underneath a single towel or napkin with newspaper.
* Put a layer of newspaper in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator to keep it dry and odor free. Easy cleanup!
* Put a few crumpled sheets in coolers when storing them. Keeps them fresh.
* Also, put crumpled newspaper in lunchboxes and thermoses to keep them smelling fresh when they will not be used for a period of time.
* Line the bottom of the bird cage with newspaper cut to fit.
* A layer of newspaper between the bottom sheet and mattress will make any bed warmer.
* Use crumpled newspaper to help start a fire in the BBQ grill. Put them under the charcoal and light. No lighter fluid needed.
* Use anywhere odor is a problem: bottom of garbage can, under the kitchen sink, etc.
* Another old standby: The comics make wrapping paper.
* Cut and seed squash or other vegetables on sheets of newspaper, then wad up and throw away.
* When peeling potatoes or carrots, put a layer of newspaper on the counter, then fold over and throw the whole thing away.
* Make newspaper logs for your fireplace or stove.

I didn't hear the radio report, Kateb. What other departments other than technology?

We had one of those family sit-downs last night when the news broke. (I don't get inside information.) We decided that rather than fleeing, I would ride it out.

What the heck! I've done what I can do and have spoke my conscience. The people that I am close to at work and have already been through this say not to expect any logic.

I warned the family that I have probably made a few enemies (Ya think?!) and not to be surprised...

Meanwhile, my wife is drawing up the house-husband tasks! Heeeellllppp meeeeee......

Anyway, life is short, so have fun while you can...

somebody wrote the rag hasn't turned a profit for around ten years. Gee....people tired of their bias and agenda COULDN'T have anything to do with that....

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BRING THE TROOPS HOME-NOW!
Why should one more drop of our soldiers blood be spilled on foreign soil? Why fight/die for 'freedom' anymore when our citizens are pissing it away at the voting booth?

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'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

So I guess that means that you don't trust your source?

Or do you only trust it when it suits you?

It's worth a try to keep my job, OK?

Drudge makes Money, Blade does not. Who's the hack?

It's a private company, if you heard that, it was hearsay.

Maybe you trusted the source, but with YOUR credibility around here.... well... I take this with a HUGE grain of salt.

That's according to a February 2004 letter sent by Alan Block to Blade employees. As reported by WSPD at that time:

More talk about selling the Toledo Blade, and this time it comes from the Blade's managing director Alan Block, who in a letter to the employes says the attitude that the "Block's will never sell the Blade" is "unrealistic" because of current market pressures which could force a sale to a large chain.

Alan Block says in that letter, that the "days are over" when one division, the cablevision division which he runs, will send profits to rescue the other and the Blade hasn't turned a profit since the early 1980's. Block informed the employes in that letter that the Blade "isn't healthy" and that no job will be secure until it is.

Looks like a grain of salt turned into a boulder than just ran over yer buddy Shane.

Might wanna get a bandaid.

And ya might wanna get back out to centerfield. I have a feeling more pop flys are going to go over Shane's head, and you're gonna wanna be there to save his face.

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