Two recent stories that didn’t make the local “newspapers”
Ogden buys Ogden (UT) newspaper and then lays off 29 employees
From the Associated Press on Saturday:
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Standard-Examiner newspaper has let go of 29 employees as it undergoes a transfer to new ownership.
The northern Utah newspaper reports that the employees were told Thursday their positions weren’t included in the . . .
Instead, Ogden Newspapers buys Virginia newspaper chain
From WV Metro News earlier today:
Ogden Newspapers is out as a bidder for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, leaving Huntington’s Herald-Dispatch as the apparent new owner of West Virginia’s Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper. . . .
Ogden, which owns newspapers in several West Virginia cities, had been considered the stalking horse, having produced . . .
And the Wheeling News-Register can only tell us that there are "plenty of reasons" while ignoring the obvious one
From the editorial* in Wednesday’s Wheeling News-Register:
Plenty of explanations are being offered for a disturbing report issued this week. Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States last year were up 57 percent from 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
This is yet another opinion piece that ignores the original story to go . . .
The Washington Post's coverage and a petition
The Washington Post is just up with an excellent article about the likely sale of the Charleston Gazette-Mail to Ogden Newspapers:
A West Virginia newspaper is in bankruptcy. The powerful coal industry celebrates.
The article by Steven Mufson begins with the coal head mocking G-M reporter Ken Ward that I wrote about two weeks ago. The . . .
From Adam Bittner in yesterday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Weirton Medical Center, based in West Virginia, announced Thursday that it is pulling advertising from three publications owned by Ogden Newspapers over “the failure of the Pirates to craft a deal to keep Andrew McCutchen a Pirate.” Nutting is Ogden’s CEO.
“We are doing this not . . .
Ogden Newspapers likely to become the new owner
From the Charleston Gazette-Mail late this afternoon:
The owners of the Charleston Gazette-Mail agreed Monday to take the company into Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Wheeling Newspapers is currently the high bidder to assume ownership of the company.
The company, operated by the Nutting family, owns more than 40 daily newspapers across the nation, . . .
News on the Cheap: The Ogden Newspapers’ Business Plan
- Minimize costs by cutting workers, overworking those who are left, and underpaying them.
- Utilize economies of scale by printing previously-used local editorials throughout the chain.
- Periodically publish columns and editorials reminding readers what a great job the newspaper is . . .