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DFM papers hit with (yes, more) layoffs

Last-minute layoffs target long-time workers, hit newsrooms hard OAKLAND — More news workers have been laid off at Digital First Media newspapers as the company approaches its new fiscal year on July 1. The layoffs appear to be targeting long-time… Continue Reading →

More awards, more layoffs

UPDATE: At least two other DFM papers laid off workers this week: the Denver Post announced the layoffs of four Guild-covered employees and at least two managers in inside circulation, while the East Bay Times — whose staff was recently… Continue Reading →

Keeping democracy alive in a rust belt town

Evan Brandt’s calling “When I miss a meeting, these days most often due to a threadbare staff, officials literally say ‘The Mercury’s not here, what should we get done?’” —Evan Brandt, reporter at the Pottstown (Pa.) Mercury   November will… Continue Reading →

Why we fight

By JULIE REYNOLDS In my first week at a new reporting job in 2004, I received a shock while covering a city council meeting in Pacific Grove, California. The city was unveiling a proposed low-income housing plan. The stunning part… Continue Reading →

When hedge funds own newspapers…

  In case you missed it, read The Price of a Pulitzer.

A mosaic of solidarity for Press Freedom

NewsGuild units representing 1,500 news workers across the country marked May 3, World Press Freedom Day, with coordinated actions between Digital First Media and Gatehouse Media union members. The actions, which included rallies and displaying desk tent signs and banners, aimed to raise… Continue Reading →

Guild workers at Digital First Media and GateHouse Media stand together against profiteering owners on World Press Freedom Day, May 3

NEWS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 28, 2017 CONTACT: BERNIE LUNZER PRESIDENT, THE NEWSGUILD-CWA (202) 434-7175 WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 28, 2017) — A broad coalition of 1,500 unionized news workers will conduct a joint day of action on May 3… Continue Reading →

The price of a Pulitzer

Digital First Media rewards prize-winning work with layoffs SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA — Digital First Media, owner of the Bay Area News Group, plans to move copy desk work to Southern California, triggering 20 more layoffs from a shrunken roster… Continue Reading →

Working under a hedge fund: how billionaires made the crisis at America’s newspapers even worse

By JULIE REYNOLDS When Alden Global Capital became the primary equity holder in Digital First Media, no one knew what it would mean for a large newspaper chain to be run by a hedge fund. More than five years later,… Continue Reading →

Newspaper chain DFM invests millions of pension dollars with its hedge-fund owner

By Julie Reynolds Financial managers at Alden Global Capital didn’t need to go far when searching for a place to park a few hundred million dollars of pension funds held on behalf of news workers at The Mercury News and… Continue Reading →

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