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.

Jill Abramson on Carl Bernstein’s Eulogy for the Newspaper Business

From a New York Times book review by Jill Abramson headlined “Carl Bernstein’s Eulogy for the Newspaper Business”:

Nearly 25 percent of the 9,000 U.S. newspapers that were published 15 years ago are gone, leaving behind a vast news desert and signs of a weakened democracy. So it’s bittersweet to read Carl Bernstein’s “Chasing History,” a rollicking memoir about the golden age of newspapers. Bernstein ignores the bad karma engulfing the newspaper industry to recreate his rookie days at The Washington Evening Star, a robust afternoon paper that ceased publication in 1981. Bernstein’s nostalgia for those times is so deep that after the first 30 pages I could hear ghostly voices shouting, “Honey, get me rewrite.”

Megan McArdle: “I read a week’s worth of newspapers from 1921”

From a Washington Post column by Megan McArdle headlined “I read a week’s worth of newspapers from 1921. It was comforting how wrong they were about what mattered.”:

Nothing invokes as much nostalgia as Christmases past. In the spirit of the season, I decided to see what Post readers were reading about in holiday seasons of yore. Alas, we didn’t have a correspondent in Bethlehem to cover the Big One. So I picked a nice round number — 100 years — and decided to read a week’s worth of papers from Christmas 1921 to New Year’s 1922.

Salt Lake Tribune: “From hedge fund ownership to nonprofit status: How we’re investing in 2022”

From a story in the Salt Lake Tribune by Lauren Gustus headlined “From hedge fund ownership to nonprofit status: How we’re investing in 2022”:

When I meet with people who care about The Salt Lake Tribune, they ask me how we’re doing.

And then they brace themselves for bad news. This is understandable. The health of American newspapers has been well documented, and it is not good.

More than a quarter of newspapers have disappeared in the past 15 years. Today, half are owned by financial institutions that routinely lay off journalists, sell assets and raise prices in an effort to maximize profits.