I spent the first couple of years with the company at the large design hub, then transferred to an individual newspaper. Workplace culture varies depending on the site, but bad management was evident everywhere. Unqualified people were retained in management positions, while experienced and capable people were laid off to cut costs. As a result, employee morale was very low. There are no raises unless you get a promotion or transfer to a larger market, so your initial offer is all you should ever expect to make. Also, health care costs went up every year (effectively an annual pay cut).
I learned a lot about newspaper publishing, but only through observation, as management had little interest in employee growth or respect for the legacy of the publications being produced. The workload varied, and was sometimes unreasonable for the number of people working that day and with respect to deadlines.
The buildings I worked in were poorly maintained. At one, we endured 6 weeks without air conditioning in the summer. At another, there was little security despite the building being downtown and a block away from a major transit hub. There were also problems with air quality, climate control and rodents.
Unlike at some newspapers, I did actually have 2 consecutive days off every week, and you do get a fair amount of vacation time. There is some flexibility with hours, provided you get the work done. Do not expect to be able to work from home, though, as the company has no interest in making that a viable possibility for most employees.
Initial wages are competitive
Health care costs, no raises, unhealthy working environment, incompetent managers, company has no vision for the future