You ought to think twice about hiring The Union to update a website

Jim Hemig resigned as publisher of The Union back in April, but the website of The Union’s parent, Swift Communications, still lists Hemig as a member of the “leadership team,” including publisher of The Union.

You can’t make this stuff up! Podunk.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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3 Responses to You ought to think twice about hiring The Union to update a website

  1. jeffpelline says:

    More dour news about newspapers from a new Pew research report: “The 13th annual Pew Research State of the News Media Report documents another year of alarming declines for newspapers — the worst since the 2008-2009 recession.
    Other sectors did much better, with revenues actually growing robustly both for cable channels (up 10 percent) and network news (up 6 percent for evening shows and 14 percent for mornings).
    Cobbling together newspaper data that is less current and available than it once was, Pew estimates that the industry lost 7 percent of daily circulation in 2015 and 8 percent of ad revenues.
    More up-to-date surveys of readership provide further cause for discouragement. Pew research in January 2016 found nearly everyone is following news of the presidential race. But only 5 percent said print newspaper coverage in the last week was their “most helpful” source (3 percent local papers and 2 percent national) — by far the lowest among available channels.”
    http://www.poynter.org/2016/newspaper-declines-accelerate-latest-pew-research-finds-other-sectors-healthier/416657/

  2. jeffpelline says:

    Kudos to Swift! It updated its corporate web page this morning with the new guy instead of Jim Hemig: http://www.swiftcom.com/about-us/management-team/

    Oh, and you are welcome!

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