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Lawsuits: Trump Stiffs His Workers

'USA Today' reviews 3,500 lawsuits involving Trump

(Newser) - Donald Trump is a deadbeat boss who regards paying workers and contracting companies as optional, according to a USA Today review of some of the 3,500 or so lawsuits from the last 30 years involving Trump. Scores of lawsuits and hundreds of liens came from waiters, bartenders, plumbers, real... More »

Gannett: Tribune Won't Play Ball, So We're Revealing $815M Bid

'USA Today' owner is looking to acquire the Tribune Publishing Company

(Newser) - On April 12, USA Today owner Gannett made a private offer to Tribune Publishing: We want you, for roughly $815 million, or $12.25 per share. USA Today's own report on the offer notes that at $12.25 a share, Gannett is offering a 63% premium over Friday's... More »

Miffed Mom of Fired Critic Cancels USA Today Subscription

Mother of laid-off journalist gives subscription department a piece of her mind

(Newser) - USA Today canned about 70 employees on Wednesday, including film critic Scott Bowles, who had been with the paper for 17 years, reports the New York Times . Bowles says there's no proof, but he believes he was fired—right after returning from the memorial service for his dad, Detroit ... More »

This Girl, 9, Scolded McDonald's CEO

'Don't you want kids to be healthy so they can live a long and healthy life?'

(Newser) - Nine-year-old Hannah Robertson knows it's important to eat her fruits and veggies (more so than most; this is her mom ), but she thought Don Thompson ought to know, too. Thompson just so happens to be the CEO of McDonald's, and Robertson addressed him at the fast-food giant'... More »

USA Today Founder Al Neuharth Dead at 89

His focus on short stories, graphics changed newspaper industry

(Newser) - USA Today founder Al Neuharth has died in Cocoa Beach, Florida, at age 89. The news was announced today by USA Today and by the Newseum, which he also founded. Neuharth changed American newspapers by putting easy-to-read articles and bright graphics in his national daily publication, which he began in... More »

Latest in Chandra Levy Case Must Stay Secret: Judge

Judge keeps transcripts sealed ahead of new hearing

(Newser) - A new hearing regarding Ingmar Guandique, convicted in the Chandra Levy murder case, is set for today—but the media remains in the dark about new developments . A judge yesterday decided to keep transcripts of the latest proceedings sealed, and he's considering closing today's hearing, too, USA Today... More »

Obama 'Shuns' Fox at Press Conferences

ABC gets called on the most: study

(Newser) - Does President Obama play favorites with the press? A new study shows certain media outlets getting a healthy dose of attention at news conferences, while others—notably Fox News—receive less, Politico reports. Smart Politics finds that Fox is "still shunned" at the events; its reporters, the study says,... More »

Media: Romney Charged Us $1K a Day for Travel

News outlets fight 'exorbitant' trail bills

(Newser) - Major news organizations are fighting what they say are exorbitant prices charged by Mitt Romney's campaign for reporters' travel expenses including food and transportation. Outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today have told the campaign they will be contesting charges that topped $1,000... More »

USA Today Unveils Big Redesign

Website, print edition looking to draw more advertisers

(Newser) - Things are changing over at 30-year-old USA Today, which will launch a major redesign of its newspaper tomorrow and its website on Saturday, reports AdAge . Both will become more colorful and modern-looking (read: more like a mobile app), but the changes aren't just for the readers. Gannett wants to... More »

Reporters Probing Pentagon Hit With Smear Campaign

USA Today writers Tom Vanden Brook and Ray Locker find online shenanigans

(Newser) - A USA Today reporter and editor were targeted with an online smear campaign not long after publishing stories investigating the Pentagon's propaganda contractors, the paper alleged today . Just days after Tom Vanden Brook published his first story on the Pentagon's "information operations," a website registered in... More »

Time to Occupy Newsrooms

Where unfair bonuses are concerned, media firms rival Wall Street: David Carr

(Newser) - USA Today applauded Occupy Wall Street for attacking firms that give “huge bonuses” to execs who makes terrible decisions. The paper’s right—but it’s being hypocritical. Gannett, owner of USA Today, is a champion of “bonus excess despite miserable operations,” David Carr writes in... More »

Hotel Guest Sues Over 75-Cent USA Today

Hotels shouldn't provide newspapers unless requested: federal lawsuit

(Newser) - You know those copies of USA Today that sometimes get left outside your hotel room door? Apparently they're not free, at least not at the Hilton Garden Inn Sonoma County Airport, which one guest learned to his dismay. Now Rodney Harmon has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the... More »

USA Today Plans 'Radical Overhaul,' Staff Slash

9% of workers cut as focus switches from print

(Newser) - USA Today will be laying off 9% of its 1,500 workers in what execs describe as a radical overhaul. The 28-year-old paper, struggling with falling circulation and advertising sales, plans to focus less on its print edition and more on producing content for the Internet and mobile devices, AP... More »

Obama, Clinton, Palin Top Most-Admired Lists

Gallup poll includes Tiger Woods and his wife in top 10

(Newser) - Despite falling approval ratings, President Obama is the most admired man among Americans polled. He’s got “a very strong fan base,” says a pollster from Gallup, which conducted the survey with USA Today . Obama’s 30% of the vote, though partisan enough, is a blowout compared to... More »

Newspaper Circulation Off 10%

Decline one of the biggest ever

(Newser) - Daily newspaper circulation has taken a massive 10.6% drop over the past six months, the Audit Bureau of Circulations said today, while Sunday circulation fell 7.4%. The drop, one of the worst ever, is a potent sign of the industry’s decline, Editor & Publisher reports. Things were... More »

USA Today Losing Circulation Crown to WSJ

(Newser) - The newspaper industry is about to crown a new circulation king. Figures out later this month will show that the weekday circulation of USA Today has dropped 17% from last year to 1.88 million. Once that news surfaced, Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal declared itself the new No. 1.... More »

In Push to Sell Ads, CBS Sells Itself in New Campaign

In anticipation of 'upfront week,' CBS reminds advertisers of its worth

(Newser) - As a run-up to television’s upfront week—in which broadcasters sell as much advertising as possible for the year—CBS is taking the offensive, launching a massive ad campaign selling CBS itself. The initiative is aimed at curbing the perception that broadcast is declining and cable is the future... More »

NYT Readers Brain Dead: WSJ Editor

USA Today also slammed—maybe

(Newser) - Media-to-media relations are starting to resemble reality shows, writes Ryan Tate in Gawker—maybe this will up readership. In a staff memo about circulation growth, the Wall Street Journal managing editor slammed the New York Times, writing “there are two measures of mortality, brain death and the day the... More »

Big Day a Windfall for Newspapers

Huge demand for special editions

(Newser) - Newspapers expect a multi-million-dollar windfall in extra sales to people who want a keepsake of Inauguration Day, and publishers are gearing up to make the most of it, Bloomberg reports. The Washington Post is  jacking up its price to $2, and the New York Times, USA Today and other publications... More »

Newspaper Circulation Off 3.6%

USA Today , WSJ only big names to buck accelerating downward trend

(Newser) - Newspaper circulation contracted the past six months as competition from Internet sources and cutbacks in advertising decreased sales, Bloomberg reports. Circulation dropped 3.6% for the industry as a whole, with only USA Today and the Wall Street Journal enjoying slightly increased circulation among the 25 largest papers. "The... More »

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