[NOTE: What follows is a view of the last two years of trouble at the San Jose Mercury News from my personal point of view, as a graduate student in the neighborhood, a reporter (and later as an editor) working for the same parent company, and even as a reader. I don’t pretend to know […]
If you haven’t been following the saga of the Knight Ridder orphans, the 12 newspapers back up for sale after being purchased by McClatchy, you’re missing a great show. Early last week, the LA Times reported that the bid backed by billionaire Ron Burkle might be the frontrunner in the race to buy some or […]
Commonwealth Club event at San Jose City Hall: Who Needs Ink? Who’s here? Ex-Mercury News tech writer Dan Gillmor, currently of various citizen journalism initiatives Jerry Ceppos, ex-Knight Ridder news executive (and Merc alum) Peter Appert, a Goldman Sachs analyst Joan Walsh, Salon‘s editor-in-chief Jim Bettinger, communications prof from Stanford (and Merc alum) is moderating […]
While two Minnesota Reps. are questioning the antitrust implications of McClatchy (briefly) owning both the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Department of Justice has apparently been busy questioning Grade the News director John McManus about what would happen if MediaNews bought the Bay Area ex-KR papers.
Thanks, but no thanks, say New Media moguls and other companies and individuals with money to burn. The LA Times says no Silicon Valley moneymakers are stepping up to buy the San Jose Mercury News … then again, the LAT article doesn’t say much, but there are more links and commentary on the Knight Ridder […]
It’s getting fun. Seriously, these could be the best of times for the future of newspapers, with twelve orphans out there right now just waiting to be transformed into… well, to be transformed into whatever’s coming next in mass media. Dan Gillmor floated the idea that Yahoo could swoop in from Sunnyvale and buy the […]
The New York Times and others are reporting that Knight Ridder has sold to McClatchy. Just a note from my Internet-focused brain: Every article I read that says something like “with the future of print newspapers in question” or “with declining print circulation” grossly overlooks the fact that Knight Ridder Digital, the online section of […]
I can’t promise this will be a new feature or anything, after all, I can only handle so much spice in my granola, but here’s a couple…wait for it…hot links. The Wall Street Journal is all over the rumored/upcoming/already-happened/to-be-announced-at-9am-pacific-time/only-a-rumor sale of Knight Ridder. Its report offers some new information: there’s a massive bonus coming to […]