NY Times pay cuts extend to Santa Rosa

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat will cut most nonunion employees’ pay by 2.5 percent as part of a cost-savings move by its parent company, the New York Times Co., the PD reported today. Employees will be given five additional paid days off as part of the wage change. The NYT Co. will also cut wages for employees of its North Bay Business Journal and Argus Courier. Of the 365 full-time and part-time employees at the three Sonoma County publications, the

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Santa Rosa Press Democrat cuts 16 jobs

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat announced in this morning’s edition that it is eliminating 16 positions including 10 in the newsroom due to declining advertising and a deteriorating local economy. The cutbacks will bring the newsroom to about 70 positions, down about 30 percent from its high in 2004. The paper, which is owned by The New York Times, said the latest round of layoffs fell heaviest on the newsroom, where the jobs of editorial assistants and graphic artists were

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NYT’s Santa Rosa paper cuts 17 jobs

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, owned by The New York Times Co., is laying off 5 percent of its 350-person work force due to reduced advertising by real estate companies, home builders and car dealers. Four newsroom employees were laid off, including one reporter and three editorial assistants, with other cuts coming in the advertising and production departments. Publisher Bruce Kyse said Web site advertising has increased significantly, but not enough to offset declines in other areas. The paper has

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Ken Doctor: NYT should sell Santa Rosa

It’s no secret that the New York Times is under pressure to make more money. Ken Doctor (right), a former Knight Ridder executive who is now with the research firm Outsell, says that while “it pains me to suggest it,” it may be time for the Times to sell off its regional papers like the Press Democrat so that it can concentrate on its core business. The Times jettisoned its TV stations last year, so selling off its regional papers

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Santa Rosa PD has new editorial page editor

Former Palo Alto journalist Paul Gullixson (pictured), who has been with the New York Times-owned Santa Rosa Press Democrat since 1998, has been named that paper’s editorial director, the CNPA Bulletin reports. Gullixson, who has been assistant editorial director at the PD, will replace Pete Golis, who retired at the end of December. Gollis will continue to write a column on a biweekly basis. Before moving to Santa Rosa, Gullixson was a reporter and editorial page editor at the now

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Former Press Democrat society editor dies

Roby Gemmell, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat’s society editor from 1950 to 1975, died Saturday of pneumonia at age 92. In an obit running Tuesday, longtime PD reporter and columnist Gaye LeBaron called Gemmell “the quintessential society editor … She was hired to get people’s names in the paper and, boy, Roby did it.” Former PD Editor Art Volkerts said Gemmell and the pages she created are missed. “They took care of the anniversaries, the weddings, engagements — and I

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Press Democrat to cut 8% of workers

The 82,683-circulation Santa Rosa Press Democrat has announced it will eliminate 35 jobs, or 8 percent of its work force, in an effort bring its costs in line with falling revenue. Seven jobs in the paper’s 93-person newsroom will be cut. Publisher Bruce Kyse said he hopes the staff-reduction goals can be met through voluntary buyout offers. If they cannot, however, layoffs in several departments — including the newsroom — will follow. All eligible newsroom employees, including both union members

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Ex-Santa Rosa publisher Weeks dies

James C. Weeks, the first publisher of The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat after it was bought in 1985 by the New York Times Co., died Monday (Jan. 8), according to an obituary published this morning. Weeks, 64, died unexpectedly on a trip to New York. The cause of death was not immediately available. Weeks was publisher in Santa Rosa for two years, leading the newspaper through a period of economic growth and transition. He oversaw construction of a new printing

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Former Santa Rosa publisher dies at 61

Michael J. Parman, former publisher of The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, died Saturday (July 1) was 61 following a 15-month battle with pancreatic cancer, according to the newspaper. Parman waged a very public fight with the disease, writing a journal that was shared with others on the Internet. Mike Parman worked at the Sacramento Bee for more than a decade as sports editor, weekend editor and assistant managing editor, before embarking on a 20-year career with The Press Democrat.

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Northbay.com wins national web award

The National Newspaper Association says the Santa Rosa Press Democrat’s Northbay.com is the nation’s best entertainment web site produced by a newspaper with a circulation of between 50,000 and 100,000. The site’s staff was honored Feb. 22 with a Digital Edge Award or “Edgy” at a conference in Orlando, Fla. Newspapers from across the country competed in various categories, and the PD was the only winner from the Bay Area. The judges said, “Graced with a pleasing design and a

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