Number of stolen news racks rises to 100

A Daily Post rack found in theback lot at the Merc. Post photo. The number of stolen news racks in the South Bay is up to 100 and the Merc is changing its story about how the racks ended up on its property. Here’s KTVU’s report from tonight’s “10’O Clock News.” (Usual disclosure: the editor of the Press Club’s Facebook page is me, Dave Price, the editor, co-publisher and co-owner of the Daily Post. The Merc took some of the

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Metro says Merc’s lying about taking news racks

Dan Pulcrano, owner of San Jose’s Metro, has this posted a point by point response to the Mercury News’ claims about the discovery of its competitors’ newspaper racks in a Merc dumpster. Again, my usual disclosure. The editor of the Press Club’s webpage is Dave Price, editor, publisher and co-owner of the Palo Alto Daily Post. The Merc took at least three Post racks.

Competitors’ news racks found in back lot of San Jose Mercury News, police investigate

San Jose police have opened an investigation of the Mercury News after dozens of newspaper racks from competing publications were found in the Merc’s back lot. The company Circulation Management, which distributes free publications, discovered the racks on Wednesday. Many had been thrown into a metal recycling bin. CBS5’s live shot from outside the Merc Publishers of San Jose Metro and the Palo Alto Daily Post said they never gave the Merc permission to handle their newsracks, yet their racks

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New publisher named for Daily News

Paterson The Bay Area News Group’s Daily News in Menlo Park has a new publisher. Steve Paterson, who was previously publisher of the Port Arthur (Texas) News, will replace Justin Wilcox, who resigned in March to become publisher of a newspaper in Johnson City, Tenn. Paterson, 57, headed the Texas newspaper since March 2011. Prior to that, he was publisher of the The Edmond Sun in Edmond, Okla. He has 31 years of experience with various daily and weekly publications,

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BANG shifting to a ‘once-and-done approach’ to copy editing — 10 to 12 jobs will be cut

Dave Butler, who has responsibility over editorial operations at all of the Bay Area News Group’s publications, says in a memo (via Poynter) to Contra Costa Times staffers that he wants to cut 10-12 newsroom jobs. He says that digital revenue is rising, but print is declining, and the result is that the company needs to cut costs. Copy editors will feel the brunt of the cuts. Instead of two or three editors handling a story, one editor will review

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BANG sends Occupy protesters a cease and desist

The Occupy Oakland protesters have created a webpage called “Occupy Oakland Tribune” and the owner of the Tribune, instead of just ignoring it, has sent the protesters a cease and desist letter. The protesters have fired back with the following news release. Occupied Oakland Tribune refuses to be intimidated by the Bay Area News Group  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Oakland, California – January 7, 2012 – The Bay Area News Group (BANG), publisher of the Oakland Tribune newspaper, sent a cease

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Did you get a BANG buyout offer? Reporter is trying to figure out what happened

The website newspaperlayoffs.com, which tracks buyouts and layoffs in the U.S. newspaper industry, is trying to track down information on the BANG layoffs a few weeks ago. Walnut Creek Patch reported that 24 employees were laid off and 10 more “voluntarily resigned.” Erica Smith of newspaperlayoffs.com wants to know if those 10 who supposedly resigned on their own actually accepted a buyout offer. So if you were one of those 10, or if you know what happened, you can contact

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BANG newsroom cuts: 10 quit, 24 laid off

Of the 34 newsroom positions cut by BANG this week, 10 were by voluntary resignations and the rest were firings, according to a report by Walnut Creek Patch. Patch said those who left BANG include: • David Newhouse, longtime sportswriter and columnist for the Oakland Tribune;  • Steve Waterhouse, editor of the (Fremont) Argus and the (Hayward) Daily Review;  • Barry Caine, former movie critic for the Oakland Tribune and an entertainment editor for the Contra Costa Times;  • David

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BANG’s top financial executive quits, offers some suggestions and criticisms as he goes

DeBalko BANG’s chief revenue officer, Jeff DeBalko, has quit four months after taking the job, and he’s posted to his personal blog some pointed observations about the company as it struggles to go from print to digital. A couple of highlights: • “You can’t transform a company if you don’t leave your office. You shouldn’t have to introduce yourself at all-employee meetings.” • “When you make decisions, make them fast, like in hours not days, weeks or months. Eliminate forms,

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MNG revising Bay Area consolidation plan

Paton John Paton, the new CEO of MediaNews Group, has asked executives at the company’s Bay Area newspapers take another look at their consolidation plan, which were announced in August before he came on board, the Chronicle reported this morning. The plan calls for consolidating 11 local newspapers into two regional newspapers, “The Tribune,” which would include the Oakland Tribune, and “The Times,” which would include the Contra Costa Times. The changes, which would include dropping the San Mateo County

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