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Freefalling Channel 25 hopes motivational speaker can help turn team around

Losing is a disease

Leaked footage from WFXT meeting?

New England One reports newsroom staffers were strongly encouraged to rearrange their schedules to for a motivational session yesterday.

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...but I'll pile on anyway
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But as somebody who's always been fascinated by local media news (I know, you're shocked!), I found this kind of interesting, I admit. And I admit it kind of reminds me of my first fulltime job, where management decided the cure to what ailed us was something they called "The Big Q," where we were herded into meetings about the importance of making Quality the cornerstone of everything we do, framed sheets of paper with large Qs were mounted on walls, and everybody got pads of ThanQ notes we could use to praise co-workers.

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Is there a word for vomiting that is completely internal? Because that's what the thought of attending that meeting makes me do.

Also, they spelled "Thank You" incorrectly, and I'd have told them that a properly implemented "Q"uality system would have caught that tout de suite. And then file a Jira ticket.

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People in the newsroom would write out "ThanQ" notes to colleagues who got them a cup of coffee from the cafeteria or answered the phone. Wasn't quite up there, though, with the time management decided mugs with the newspaper logo would make excellent Christmas bonuses and the third-shift production workers showed their appreciation by lining up in the parking lot and seeing just how high they could throw them.

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One of the bulletins they sent out included a song:

Sung to the tune of I've Been Working on the Railroad

I've been working on the Big Q
That's the Harte-Hanks way
Working hard to make a difference
and to be the best all day.

There was more but it has mercifully been wiped from my memory

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RUN

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When I see this kind of stuff happening, it's like the last gasps of a dying organization.

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Pete's a killer!

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Always. Be. Closing.

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(your newsroom)

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...than, you know, paying people more or providing job security and allowing some work-life balance.

When I was at Cahners just before they started to collapse, we all got copies of "Who Moved My Cheese?" I didn't bother reading it, thinking it was either a ploy, a symptom, or both.

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Was Cahners in Newton Corner as it was collapsing - just empty desk after empty desk.

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I worked there. I fondly remember the smell of burnt microwave popcorn, cigarettes and bad coffee.

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...when it was full!

(rim shot)

I'm here all day, folks...

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Had a job interview there. Was relived when they didn't call.

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Watched the newscast at 10 last night. One news story after another, three investigative reports, while channel 4 and 7 were probably still covering the gorilla slamming the glass story. How much more effort can you put into that? Maybe TV news viewers don't want an hour of just news. Maybe they like the channel 4 staff talking about irrelevant issues like Fenway Park only being ranked the 8th best ballpark in the country by someone or Tony Bennet singing before the breaks. Maybe they like the happy talk between the two bubbleheads on Channel 7, and car chases from some other part of the country. The only solution for Channel 25 seems to be to dumb down the telecast, but motivational talk will do nothing.

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