The IJ office in Novato. (IJ photo/Robert Tong) The Marin Independent Journal says it will close its Novato printing press on Oct. 18 and begin printing newspapers at a plant in Concord, a move that will cost about 30 jobs. The move isn’t a surprise since the IJ lost its contract to print the 80,000-copy Bay Area edition of USA Today. As the Press Club reported May 19, USA Today is switching its Bay Area printing to Southwest Offset, which
The Gannett-owned Salinas Californian shut down its presses today (Sept. 19) and will turn over the duty of printing the daily newspaper to Southwest Offset Printing (SOP), which has a plant in Redwood City. However, SOP plans to move its pressroom to a new plant at 587 Charcot in North San Jose in January. That plant currently prints the Palo Alto Daily Post, Palo Alto Weekly, Financial Times and numerous other papers. E&P reports that the move eliminated the jobs
Like many newspapers, the ax fell hard last year at The Californian, the Gannett-owned 14,240-circulation daily in Salinas. In December, the paper eliminated 40 jobs. And Gannett has instituted week-long unpaid furloughs at all of its papers and TV stations to cut costs. Given that, this upbeat item in today’s Californian caught our eye: The Californian hires three new reporters; some will cover new beats Three more reporters have joined the staff here at The Salinas Californian. The fact that
Maybe it’s just a coincidence, but the Chronicle’s three top executives — publisher, president and editor — are all former executives of Gannett Co., publisher of USA Today and more than 90 daily newspapers. Chron Publisher Frank Vega was USA Today’s first circulation manager and he has held a number of top Gannett jobs including CEO of Detroit Newspapers. Editor Ward Bushee was editor of Gannett’s Arizona Republic before he joined the Chron in January. Now, Vega has given the title
Arizona Republic editor Ward Bushee, whose newspaper career at the Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, has been named executive vice president and editor of the Chronicle, replacing Phil Bronstein. Bushee, 58, has been at the Gannett-owned Phoenix daily since 2002, and previously was editor of Gannett’s Cincinnati Enquirer. Chron publisher Frank Vega, also a former Gannett executive, says Bushee pioneered innovative use of the Internet at the Republic. “That type of multiplatform reporting is what we have to continue to develop,” Vega said.