It’s Vacation time for USA Today

Things are looking even worse for USA Today. It was announced that the paper, which is owned by Gannett, is forcing its employees to take a week long unpaid “vacation” and suspending salary increases for three months.

This is not good. USA announced that its ad pages were down 10.5 percent in the last quarter of 2009. I can understand why USA Today is doing this it makes sense but one thing that really stood out to me was what the publisher David Hunke said.

“To be clear, a furlough means no one will be permitted to work while on furlough and no one will be exempt, except for business necessity.”

He is basically telling journalists not to be journalists. He is telling them to stop reporting for a week. While the idea of a vacation seems wonderful telling a journalist to stop reporting is like telling someone to stop breathing.

So is the end of print upon us? Like I said in my last post I don’t think so. Print will always be around in some form. It just won’t be as prevalent as it is now.

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