Sunday, June 24, 2018

Civic Info Bill hopes to improve local journalism in N.J.

One look at the smaller and thinner Hackensack Chronicle is all it takes to see how Gannett Co. guts local news staffs. The free weekly no longer has its own editors and reporters. Instead, the paper re-prints stories from The Record of Woodland Park, below.



By VICTOR E. SASSON
EDITOR

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The state Legislature is expected to vote soon on the Civic Info Bill, one response to the consolidation of media in New Jersey.

Gannett Co., which bought North Jersey Media Group in July 2016, now owns eight daily newspapers in the state, including The Record, the Woodland Park daily that abandoned Hackensack in 2009.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Storm prevents delivery of print edition three days in a row

A Hackensack Parks Department truck and two men cleared my driveway this afternoon, above and below, after I called to complain plows had blocked it three times during Tuesday's snowstorm, and the barrier was frozen solid.


-- HACKENSACK, N.J.

By VICTOR E. SASSON
EDITOR

Gannett continues to slash the payroll at The Record of Woodland Park.

The latest exodus of 141 North Jersey Media Group employees has already begun, and the last of them will be gone by March 25.

They will be receiving one week's pay for every year of service, and can apply for unemployment.

For more news and views of The Record, see these and other posts at The Sasson Report:

After the storm, icy roads in Englwood

More low marks for Hackensack DPW

Readers hit 'corporate greed' at Gannett

Trump supporters attack paper as 'left wing'

For more, see: The Sasson Report

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

200,000-plus protesters will speak for many millions more

Cartoonist Gary Varvel portrays Friday's inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump  as a moment from "Celebrity Apprentice." Other political cartoonists gave the ceremony a sinister twist.


For commentary on today's edition of The Record and the protests expected in Washington, D.C., please see:

THE SASSON REPORT


-- VICTOR E. SASSON