Paul Huntsman Saved a Newspaper—Then Launched an Investigation of His Brother’s Political Rival

From a Washington Post story by Paul Farhi headlined ‘Paul Huntsman saved a newspaper—then launched an investigation of his brother’s rival”:

After he watched Utah’s government struggle to roll out a coronavirus testing program, the Salt Lake Tribune’s chairman, Paul Huntsman, turned into a watchdog: He formed an investigative unit in early 2021, he said, to look into how the state was awarding testing contracts without competitive bidding.

But in a highly unusual arrangement, Huntsman didn’t use his own newspaper. He started a company instead, working with lawyers to investigate how tens of millions of dollars’ worth of contracts were awarded under Utah’s then-lieutenant governor and now-governor, Spencer Cox.

Austin American-Statesman Opens Up More of Its Journalism

From a story on statesman.com by editor Manny Garcia headlined “At the Statesman, we are opening up access to more of our journalism”:

Dear readers,

The Austin American-Statesman newsroom is here to serve you and our growing community. For more than 150 years, we have always strived to provide public service journalism done from the heart. Our journalists live in and love this community just like you do. You are our neighbors.

To that end, we are making some changes to statesman.com and hookem.com to ensure our journalism reaches an even larger share of our growing and dynamic community.

Wanted: Newspaper Buyer. Conditions Apply.

From a story on poynter.org by Angela Fu headlined “Wanted: Rural newsroom buyer. Conditions apply.”:

The Malheur Enterprise, a weekly paper based in Vale, Oregon, is up for sale. But if you want it, you’re going to have to prove it — with an essay.

Owners Les Zaitz and Scotta Callister are adamant that the 113-year-old paper, which they saved from closing in 2015, go to a locally minded buyer who will continue to develop the Enterprise as a resource for the community. They do not plan to sell the paper to a chain or newspaper group.

In One Prairie Town, Two Warring Visions of America

From an AP story by Tim Sullivan headlined “In one small prairie town, two warring visions of America”:

The newspaper hit the front porches of the wind-scarred prairie town: Coronavirus numbers were spiking in western Minnesota.

“Covid-19 cases straining rural clinics, hospitals, staff,” read the front-page headline. Vaccinate to protect yourselves, health officials urged.

But ask around Benson, stroll its three-block business district, and some would tell a different story: The Swift County Monitor-News, the tiny newspaper that’s reported the news here since 1886, is not telling the truth. The vaccine is untested, they say, dangerous. And some will go further: People, they’ll tell you, are being killed by COVID-19 vaccinations.

Welcome to Cascadia Daily News: “We’re a privately owned, locally produced, fiercely independent publication”

From a story on cascadiadaily.com headlined “Welcome to Cascadia Daily News”:

Hello.

Welcome to the Cascadia Daily News, your new hometown newspaper for the upper left corner of Washington state, and the region beyond.

We’re a privately owned, locally produced, fiercely independent publication with headquarters on State Street in downtown Bellingham, and we’re pleased that you’ve found our site.

We launched at 10 a.m. on Jan. 24, 2022, and hope to become a leading source of information, insight and opinion in the Cascadia region. We welcome you to take a cruise through our site, and pass along your thoughts, suggestions and story ideas to [email protected], an inbox read by real people in Bellingham.

Lee Enterprises Continues to Fight Off Hedge Fund

From an AP story by Josh Funk headlined “Lee Enterprises asks investors to help fight off hedge fund”:

Newspaper publisher Lee Enterprises is asking its shareholders to help it fight off a hostile takeover offer from “vulture hedge fund” Alden Global Capital.

The publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Buffalo News and dozens of other newspapers, including nearly every daily newspaper in Nebraska, sent a letter to shareholders Monday asking them to support its board nominees in the dispute with Alden. Lee, which is based in Davenport, Iowa, already rejected Alden’s $24 per share offer because it said the $141 million bid grossly undervalues Lee, but the two sides are locked in a court battle over whether Alden will be able to nominate its own directors.

When There Are Too Many Crows at a Newspaper Office

From a story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette headlined “A ‘murder ‘of sorts at the newspaper office”:

A “murder” at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette?

Sort of.

A murder is the proper name for a group of crows, like the ones that roosted on the roof of the Post-Gazette on Pittsburgh’s North Shore on Saturday evening.

Shortly after 6 p.m., about a half hour after sunset, the building became ground zero, or roof zero, for hundreds of the black, cawing birds.

The three-story North Shore Place at 358 North Shore Drive houses eateries and nightspots on the ground floor and offices for the Steelers on the second. The third floor houses the Post-Gazette’s editorial offices.

The Jesup Citizen Herald Can’t Find the Right Buyer and Prints Its Final Edition

From a story on wcfcourier.com by Andy Milone headlined “Longtime Jesup newspaper ceases publishing after not finding the right buyer”:

The Jesup Citizen Herald weekly community newspaper was printed for the final time Dec. 29, its publisher, Kim Edward Adams, confirmed. That effectively ends a 122-year run, 43 of which have been under Adams’ leadership.

Its website, www.jesupcitizenherald.com, while still active, includes a touching letter from Adams titled, “Saying goodbye to Jesup,” as well as access to recent obituaries, and contact information for him.

These Mass Shooting Survivors Were Called Journalism Heroes—Then the Buyouts Came

From a Washington Post story by Emily Davies and Elahe Izadi headlined “These mass shooting survivors were called journalism heroes. Then the buyouts came.”:

Phil Davis had spent three years trying to avoid being the story.

The former Capital Gazette reporter had witnessed one of the worst attacks on a newspaper in American history. He had hidden under a desk in his newsroom as the gunman reloaded. He was there when five of his colleagues took their last broken breaths. And then he had returned to his job covering crime in Maryland as an observer, not a victim.

Cincinnati Enquirer Joins More Than 130 Gannett Markets Shifting to Six-Day Print Delivery

From a story on wyxu.org by John Kiesewetter headlined “Enquirer dropping printing and delivery of Saturday papers”:

The Cincinnati Enquirer, which took three-day holidays from printing and delivering newspapers Thanksgiving and New Year’s weekends, will eliminate Saturday print delivery on March 5.

“The Enquirer will cease home delivery on Saturdays, but instead will provide subscribers with a full digital replica of the newspaper that day (at Cincinnati.com) filled with local news, advertising and features such as comics and puzzles,” the paper announced Wednesday.

The Enquirer, the nation’s oldest continuously published Sunday paper (since 1848), joins “more than 130 Gannett markets shifting to six-day print delivery,” says Beryl Love, Enquirer executive editor.