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Blood to flow at the Canberra Times, but we are hiring!

By johnboy - 18 June 2012 88

Crikey is explaining the cuts to Fairfax announced this morning which will impact the Canberra Times:

In the bombshell announcement delivered via a technically-plagued internal staff webcast this morning, CEO Greg Hywood said 20% of the cuts would come from editorial, 20% from printing and the remainder from other activities.

The media giant currently employs 800 metropolitan journalists across The Age, The Herald, The Canberra Times and its Brisbane and Perth web portals.

Apparently the cuts are around half of the editorial staff.

Here in the Eagle’s Nest we can’t see incoming Fairfax owner Gina Rineheart being happy about a paywall reducing her influence (she’s not buying it for profits). But an editorial cleanout would please her greatly we imagine.

We quite like Wil Anderson’s tweet:

RiotACT on the other hand is looking to staff up so any journalists out there who enjoy working hard should send their CV in to root@the-riotact.com . (Journalists who faff about all week and crap out 300 word stories ripped from un-named websites need not apply, you know who you are)

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Blood to flow at the Canberra Times, but we are hiring!
johnboy 2:12 pm 18 Jun 12

In Australia and the UK the big killer is the ABC giving away dull but worthy news.

Good enough if the alternatives cost and the ABC is free.

harvyk1 2:06 pm 18 Jun 12

Aaroncbr said :

Dear Lisa, as I write this, I am very sad. Our journalists have been overthrown and REPLACED, BY THE BENEVOLENT GENERAL RINEHART. ALL HAIL RINEHART, AND HER GLORIOUS NEW REGIME. SINCERELY, LITTLE GIRL.

So true…

johnboy said :

if they’d gone tabloid 15 years ago it would have been clever.

now it still won’t save the dead tree newspaper when everyone’s on their phone.

That’s why you want to be tapped into the “Airlines giving away your newspaper for free” market. About the only time I ever see people in any decent qty reading the CT – dead tree edition – is sitting on a plane leaving CBR early in the morning. It’s about the last place that the dead tree edition can still claim dominance.

As for this notion of putting up paywalls, didn’t the various media orgs learn anything from WEB 1.0? (gee I hate that term). Most orgs failed because in “WEB 1.0” they tried to charge the customer in much the same way as you would in the off-line world, and that does not work. For every story in the offline world, you have 20 bloggers in the online world who where actually there writing about their experiences for free.

johnboy 12:17 pm 18 Jun 12

if they’d gone tabloid 15 years ago it would have been clever.

now it still won’t save the dead tree newspaper when everyone’s on their phone.

eh_steve 12:12 pm 18 Jun 12

Oops, teach me not to read the full story. Tabloid works much better, and I’m sure one of the main reasons people choose the Herald Sun in the morning in Melbourne is that it is easy to read on the train. Wrestling with a broadsheet on a plane/train/tram is annoying for all concerned.

Grrrr 12:10 pm 18 Jun 12

eh_steve said :

Since when is the Age tabloid? Pretty sure the edition I read this morning was broadsheet!

4th March, 2013:
http://www.theage.com.au/business/fairfax-to-shed-1900-staff-erect-paywalls-20120618-20ix1.html

c_c 11:54 am 18 Jun 12

Also, does anyone notice that Greg Hywood bares a creepy resemblance to the guy from Hitman:

Hywood: http://www.mediaspy.org/report/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/greghywood-300×234.jpg

Hitman: http://gorillafilmmagazineblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/hitman.jpeg

Come to think of it even the marketing line for the film sounds a bit similar

“A gun-for-hire known only as Agent 47 (Hywood) hired by a group known only as ‘The Organization’ (Fiarfax) is ensnared in a political conspiracy (mining interests).”

c_c 11:46 am 18 Jun 12

eh_steve said :

Since when is the Age tabloid? Pretty sure the edition I read this morning was broadsheet!

You still buy it?

Fairfax is shutting down it’s Sydney and Melbourne printers and will make The Age and SMH the same size as the Financial Review.

Here’s hoping Fairfax get their paywall working better than News Limited’s. I’m onto my 5th free month of a digital subscription to The Australian because some bright spark programmer didn’t bother to set a limit. And even when they patch that, Google still bypasses the paywall.

EvanJames 11:46 am 18 Jun 12

thehutch said :

Announced this morning that age + smh to become afr size.

Excellent! And page 3 girls too?

They should outsource the CT to that mob who do the little freebie magazine thingy that is half RE ads. That’s not too bad, nice and fluffy. Pretty pictures.

johnboy 11:42 am 18 Jun 12

Broadsheet was meant to denote quality in the absence of quality content.

It also had the advantage of being great for publishing big ads.

Aaroncbr 11:42 am 18 Jun 12

Dear Lisa, as I write this, I am very sad. Our journalists have been overthrown and REPLACED, BY THE BENEVOLENT GENERAL RINEHART. ALL HAIL RINEHART, AND HER GLORIOUS NEW REGIME. SINCERELY, LITTLE GIRL.

thehutch 11:40 am 18 Jun 12

eh_steve said :

Since when is the Age tabloid? Pretty sure the e dition I read this morning was broadsheet!

Announced this morning that age + smh to become afr size. I would like to see them NY times size

dungfungus 11:38 am 18 Jun 12

Felix the Cat said :

Hope the CT follows the lead of SMH and The Age and go tabloid size instead of broadsheet. I’ve never understood the reasoning behind the larger size.

Broadsheet had the dual purpose of being used to wrap up Friday’s fish and chips at the local Nicks Fish Shop after it had been read. This was back in the days when people got married and good Christians ate fish on Fridays.

johnboy 11:16 am 18 Jun 12

Not for long

eh_steve 11:12 am 18 Jun 12

Since when is the Age tabloid? Pretty sure the edition I read this morning was broadsheet!

Felix the Cat 10:49 am 18 Jun 12

Hope the CT follows the lead of SMH and The Age and go tabloid size instead of broadsheet. I’ve never understood the reasoning behind the larger size.

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