Independent shuts down

Independent shuts down

There are 6 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Feb 8, 2009, titled Independent shuts down. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

The Independent, a bi-weekly newspaper serving Columbia and Rensselaer counties in New York, printed its last edition Friday.

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Since: Mar 08

Pittsfield, MA

#1 Feb 8, 2009
This story was unreadable until the chime in from Alan Shylock!

Syracuse, NY

#2 Feb 8, 2009
Eagle requiring unpaid furloughs
More details are available regarding The Berkshire Eagle's requirement that all employees take an unpaid week off in the next seven weeks.

The Gazette today obtained a copy of a letter received Thursday by all Eagle employees.

The letter from MediaNews Group senior vice president Anthony Tierno explains the mandatory one week unpaid furlough that all employees must take in February or March.

Tierno states that the company-wide initiative is "a further effort to help offset the continuing decline in revenue and position the company for future financial success while limiting further job losses."

Department heads will determine when the unpaid weeks off are taken. "Personal situations will be considered based on seniority and the operational needs of the Company" but these will only affect when a furlough occurs. No employees will be excused from a furlough.

Tierno acknowledges that the unpaid week "will create a strain on our personal budgets" and states he cannot guarantee the initiative will preclude future layoffs. However he said that MediaNews employees have conveyed that "a brief period without pay is better than many more layoffs."

He concludes that "we take these actions on our own because we can and we should for the long term good of our customers and ourselves."

The MediaNews furlough requirement began with the Denver-based company's California newspapers one week ago. The Eagle did not report on Thursday's developments in Friday's edition.- Copyright © 2009 The Pittsfield Gazette, Inc.
It is a shame

Northville, NY

#3 Feb 8, 2009
I live in Pittsfield but work in Columbia county NY. I always read the Independent to try to keep up with what's going on in the community where I work. The Eagle has never covered that area unless it's a sensational story like the movie that was made last fall. I will miss it.

Pittsfield, MA

#4 Feb 9, 2009
"The young people are reading everything online, and everyone from The New York Times on down is experiencing trouble. It's really sad and it's not good for all of us."

Blame the youth, Mr. Chartock, that's the spirit. How about the fact that print journalism has outlived its usefulness? To think that the end of print means the end if news is ludicrous. News is still relevant, it is just the delivery mechanisms have changed.
Prove me wrong

Albany, NY

#5 Feb 9, 2009
How about the fact that you can obtain the news online without having to ingest all the liberal claptrap that comes with the print media.
Boo Woo

East Chatham, NY

#6 Feb 9, 2009
Cry me a river. The dead tree media is in it's last gasps. You did it to yourselves folks, when you let the editorial page infect every artical. Stick the fork in, turn over, you're done.

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