Tuesday, July 10, 2012

T-P reporter has had enough

and sends an email to her bosses:

Those of us laid off still have jobs to do until the 30th of Sept, but it’s going from bad to worse,” she tells Romenesko readers. “This newsroom is unhealthy, to say the least. I desperately want my job until October because I love it. But I also can’t just keep my mouth shut and pretend everything is okay, or that it doesn’t matter. So I sent this to editors/publishers/nola.com top brass this morning. Because I’m pissed.”.." Read the letter

Then a group of leading citizens of New Orleans asked the Newhouse group to sell the paper. A group of led by Tom Benson, Archie Manning, Wynton Marsalis, James Carville, and other notables purportedly have a buyer lined up to purchase the newspaper. Artcle.

Last but not least, there is our good ole Clarion-Ledger. No word on the new pricing model yet BUT a JJ reader posted this comment yesterday:

Anonymous said...

The latest. Got a letter today from the Clarion Ledger telling me my Sunday only delivery is going from $8.00 to $12.00 a month.

I then went straight to my account online to cancel, and guess what? You can do most everything to your account, but you cannot cancel online. Then I called the Clarion Ledger. They told me they had a large volume of callers and then gave me options as to what I wanted to do. One of the options was "Discontinue my Paper." I was put on hold, and stayed on hold about 15 minutes and was for some reason disconnected.

I immediately called back and the same thing happened. I was put on hold and stayed on hold for about 15minutes until a human finally came on the line. I was asked why I was canceling, and I told the lady I was not paying any more per month for my paper. She then went into a spill about not being able to read the paper online, too, if I cancelled, and I was then offered six months at what she called a "discounted" rate. I don't know what this rate would have been, because I told the lady I wanted to just cancel. She said OK.

So as of July 29, 2012 I will no longer take the Jackson paper after subscribing to it since 1968. So goodbye ole friend. I wish I could say I am going to miss you, but I already know I'm not.

July 9, 2012 4:15 PM


Anonymous said...

I'm not saying the cl is worth a price increase by any means, but you have to admit it has improved a bit since they through out the stagnant minds (Hampton, Agnew, etc.). At lease the front page actually reflects a bit of relevant national news on most days rather than some irrelevant tabloid article.

Anderson said...

Yes, I had a similar experience when I cancelled the C-L, tho not with all the disconnections. Lovely approach to customer service.

Anonymous said...

Calling the C-L right now to cancel -- starting call at 9:35, we'll see how long it takes.

Anonymous said...

The reporter speaking out--took balls and she should be congratulated. The 2nd link to the group trying to buy the TP--wow, go guys! Their letter is very good.

The CL-one member of my family still gets the CL. She got her letter, the weekly subscription (7 days) went from $22 to $24.

Anonymous said...

Aaaaaaaannnnddd 17 minutes later, cancellation accomplished.

They offered to deliver to me just the SECTIONS of the paper I like -- that's just desperate.

Anonymous said...

Newhouse is like the Gannett power brokers, he won't sell because;

It would be a sign he is a failure

Someone just might make a success out of it and prove he is a failure.

Ego,pride,money,power all come before the fall.

Kingfish said...

Um, they weren't the ones who were killing it. The one who was was never fired and quit only a few weeks ago. The reporting has actually gotten better as Ruth and Brian are doing pretty good work lately. I don't think Brian will be there too long. Too good and too young, he will move up somewhere else. Marquita actually does a decent job with the education stories. The events I go to and see her covering she does a pretty good job of getting the basic story out.

JEB said...

My letter says $22 a month on the EZ pay plan. I live outside the metro area, so it's higher, I think. That's 7 days a week and access to a full digital version on the internet, plus smartphone access. Frankly, this isn't a bad deal. There ain't no free lunch. MY Wall St. Journal subscription is $343 per year and the New York Times also has a pay wall. Chicago Tribune is registering internet viewers and says it may go to a pay wall. This is the new norm. You've gotta pay for content. Free on the internet doesn't increase ad revenue, so who is left to pay. Easy answer, but I think it is fair.

Kingfish said...

$24 per month? X 12= $288???

Dayumn. Wall Street Journal:

Print only: $120 per year

Digital only: $260 per year

Combo: $311

Kingfish said...

And what if I don't want print, I want digital only?

Anonymous said...

Well, they got rid of Hampton and
Agnew, of course, but they still
have Bill Minor, and John Mayo,
I suppose, More work to be done before they reflect the viewpoint
of their readers.

Bill Dees said...

Since when are newspapers supposed to "reflect the views of their readers"?

Anonymous said...

Keep it up, folks. Maybe you will get your way and the CL will close. Will THAT make you happy? NO newspaper at all???

It may suck to you, and I know she ain't perfect, but it is here and beats the shit out of the Pravda, or 3 times a week.

I read it cover to cover every morning....have for years. Get as ticked as many of you from time to time.....BUT WE STILL HAVE A DAILY NEWSPAPER.

JEB said...

Kingfish: According to Hurst's letter you are paying for access to content. If you don't want the print edition it's still the same price. Not like the WSJ model where you can pick and choose. OF course, by putting the entire paper page by page online by 5 a.m. (that's what the letter says) they obviously are hoping you will drop the print edition, which is expensive to print and distribute.

Anderson said...

The C-L isn't the only paper that ain't tryin'. My wife got me a Sunday NYT subscription for Father's Day (America-hating socialist that I am). Sunday rolled around ... no paper. Went to church, came home ... no paper.

Called the NYT, and learned that mine was a "non-roadable" address. Being on the cell phone, I went outside to check ... road still there. I explained that even tho I'm in Mississippi, I'm in a remarkably paved portion of it, with a store right down the road (yes, "road") selling Sunday NYTs.

But the computer pronounced my address unroadable, so I had to cancel the sub. (Well, not "had to" - could've kept digital - but I wanted my dead-tree paper, dammit.)

Presumably they just don't have home delivery in Ridgeland, which would've been a much more intelligent thing for the lady to tell me. I could ask y'all whether anyone gets the NYT delivered in Ridgeland, but for obvious reasons I won't.

Anonymous said...

According to what the lady told me yesterday any subscription to the CL gets you online access. So if you want to read the online CL and don't care about getting it delivered daily then just subcribe to the Sunday paper and save yourself some money.

Also, 10:24, I am not interested in seeing the CL fail. I'm just not interested in reading it any longer.
There are many ways to get news these days, and you no longer have to depend on the local paper to get it. I'm just not interested in reading about the Jackson City Council, the Board of Supervisors, the sorry schools, and particularly about the thugs who run the streets killing and robbing people. As to national news watch TV or go on line. You can find everything you need to know and more there.

Anonymous said...

funny but true...i just called to cancel my 35 year long relationship with the clarion ledger over the $$$ bump. so, i spoke when promped saying "cancellation" and was put into a holding pattern..well, after 8 or 9 minutes there, i hung up, called back and said "new subscription" when prompted and heard "have your credit card ready" and 4 seconds later i had a nice young lady eager to take my $$$! hmmmmmmm.....

Anonymous said...

It's always sad to watch a newspaper die, and the C-L is dying. The "go to" writers, the ones like Rick and Bobby Cleveland and Orley Hood, whose byline would make you buy the paper for no purpose other than to read what they had written that day, are gone. Sherry Lucas is the only apparent holdover in the "true writer" column, and I just don't know how long she can hold out. My thin front section on Monday had three full-page ads and one half-page of a repeat Sunday crossword because of some glitch. Most of the news content is USA reprint, AP rehash or "local color" blogs. This is not journalism by any definition. I remain a subscriber only because I worry about the devoted young lady who drives through the dark streets each morning to deliver what's left of a once-proud paper. I remember the day the last Jackson Daily hit our sidewalk, never to return, and I'd say we're not far away from that with the morning paper.

Anonymous said...

So are you HAPPY 1:48. You sound glib and thrilled.

Anonymous said...

I have been a CL subscriber for many years. I pay $16.50 a month for home delivery 7 days a week. My price is going to $22.00, a $5.50 increase. I'm probably going to start taking it on the weekend only because I'm not going to pay that increase. I don't want to read it online while I eat breakfast at the table, and I don't want to run to a store somewhere & pick it up while wearing my robe. I agree with previous commenter about getting rid of Bill Minor. Can't believe they are still dragging him around. He is soooo out of touch, yet they still publish his dribble. Would much rather read Orley Hood any day of the week. Also wish CL would acknowledge holidays on the front page of the paper! Such as "Happy Fourth of July" or "Happy Memorial Day" with SOME explanation of what the day means. Right now, we get nothing except a few writers giving us a receipe or maybe a listing of where fireworks can be seen. Is that really ALL the CL can do when there is a major holiday? I would enjoy a few pictures the next day of what went on all over town. Nothing. Unbelievable. Has anyone noticed how some stories don't have an ending now? It's like the road to nowhere. Guess they've lost too many proof readers. They stopped the funeral home listings and started charging outrageous prices for an obit. And they (CL) wonders why no one is buying.

Anonymous said...

2:06: No, I'm not happy at all. A well-edited, well-written newspaper is a cornerstone of democracy, and ours are unraveling. Some of this is economics and due to a change in media options, but the C-L seems to have been unedited/unproofread for several years now. The worst was a headline that referred to a "Killed Child." "Killed" is not an adjective and any 3rd grade classroom newsheet would have caught that error.

Shadowfax said...

A woman who gets her man a newspaper subscription for father's day is like a man who gets his wife a new shovel for mother's day.

Anonymous said...

1) KF - frankly, you're wrong. The fish rots from the head, and Agnew and Hampton were a major part of the problem, although obviously not the only culprits.

I don't know who you're referring to as "quit a few weeks ago", but I don't pay attention to the details there anymore.

2)2:53 raises a good point. One of the major failures of C-L compared to good newspapers is their refusal to prominently list various closings on holidays. I'd sure like to know if my garbage should be put out on a Monday that's a holiday, because some Monday holidays they pick it up, sometimes they pick it up Tuesday, and sometimes they wait until the next scheduled trash day. The City of Madison is just as guilty for not posting these sorts of things on the city's web site as well.

Anonymous said...

Yep, Im just saying, TRUST ME ON THIS ONE, I KNOW Enjoy home delivery while it last....wont be too long and it will be a thing of the past.

Anonymous said...

My experience is pretty much exactly the same as that of the person whose comments were posted by Kingfish. There's just not much way to terminate a subscription. I suggest you simply terminate your payments.

Anonymous said...

mmmmm..I tried that one time in the past 7:32am... I called and canceled my subscription...and
"treminated" my payment as you suggested... well now, for some reason the paper kept showing up and before long I began to get collections letters and collection telephone calls...to protect my credit I payed up..grrrrr...

Anonymous said...

Listen The CL cant even make payroll right now, you dont even get a paper that is put togther anymore and now they want more $$. I refuse to pay for a newspaper that is too cheap to even put the sections where they belong.

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