Man Bites Dog! Newspaper Gives Hundreds of Thousands in Christmas Bonuses!

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Christmas came early for employees at Little Rock's Democrat-Gazette. From newpaper trade journal Editor & Publisher: With once-unimaginable cutbacks being imposed at newspapers nearly everywhere, an event that never would be covered in the past is suddenly newsworthy: Employees of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and its Wehco Media Inc. parent got Christmas bonuses this year.

"We wouldn't want to disclose the exact amount, but it is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars company-wide," Democrat-Gazette Publisher and Wehco owner Walter E. Hussman Jr. told E&P.

The Little Rock paper and its siblings still have a hiring and salary freeze, but continued its tradition of the year-end bonus for all company employees.

"It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas over here," Executive Editor Griffin Smith said in a Friday memo to Hussman as checks were being distributed in the newsroom.

More at E&P.com.

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