Thursday, April 25, 2013

Merc boots Teamster printers

The Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that the San Jose Mercury News has issued layoff notices to 118 of its Teamster press operators and production workers. Publisher Mac Tully told the Journal that an undetermined number of those workers will be offered jobs at the company’s other non-union printing plants in Hayward and Concord. He said those who are rehired will receive compensation similar to what they receive now. The move comes two weeks after the Merc announced it would be selling its site at Brokaw Road and I-880, and print the paper at the other Bay Area plants. The Chronicle dumped its 220 Teamster printers in 2009 by outsourcing the paper’s printing to Transcontinental, a non-union operation.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Merc puts its building up for sale

The Mercury News announced today that it is putting its 36-acre campus at I-880 and Brokaw Road in San Jose up for sale and will move its news, advertising and business operations to a location to be determined.

The Merc will be printed by the company’s presses in Concord and Hayward, which should give the San Jose paper more color capability and the ability to increase page count.

The timing of the move depends on when the Merc can find new office space.

"Our current campus is simply too large and too expensive to operate for our current business operation," Publisher Mac Tully said in a note to employees. 

The Merc has been located at 760 Ridder Park Drive since 1967. At the time, it was billed as the world’s largest one-story newspaper plant. The 312,000-square-foot main building held more than 1,000 employees at one time.

The move seems to be part of a trend of large metro newspapers putting their buildings up for sale. Last month, The Washington Post said it was exploring the sale of its headquarters and the Detroit News-Detroit Free Press have announced they would sell their downtown building.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sterling promoted to editor at IJ

Robert Sterling, who served as Marin Independent Journal city editor for more than 12 years, has been named editor of the newspaper, Publisher David M. Rounds announced Tuesday (April 9).

Sterling, 56, replaces Doug Bunnell, who recently left the Independent Journal to pursue a business opportunity. Bunnell worked at the Independent Journal for 24 years, including the past four years as executive editor.

Sterling was named editor of social media and community engagement in November, part of a move to increase emphasis on delivery of local news in a variety of electronic forms. Brad Breithaupt, a longtime IJ opinion page editor and reporter, replaced Sterling as city editor, but will now return to his previous role as opinion page editor, Rounds said. Rounds said Sterling will direct local news coverage pending the hiring of a new city editor.

Sterling has worked as an assignment editor for the European Stars and Stripes, a city editor and reporter for the Mail Tribune in Medford, Ore., and a reporter for the Davis Enterprise in Davis. He holds a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Monday, April 1, 2013

KTVU names new news director

KTVU is hiring the news director at the Fox affiliate in Indianapolis to head its newsroom at Channel 2 in Oakland. Lee Rosenthal, 33, who has worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and the last four years as news director, will start April 22. He replaces Ed Chapuis, who left Channel 2 in January. Here’s a link to a story and video the Indianapolis Business Journal did about Rosenthal. Rosenthal comes to KTVU from Indianapolis FOX affiliate WXIN. Before working at WXIN, Rosenthal was executive producer at WBNS in Columbus, Ohio. He also worked at WFTS in Tampa, Fla., WVLT in Knoxville, Tenn., and WBNG in Binghamton, N.Y.