Digital First Media, owner of the San Jose Mercury News and 75 other dailies, is seeking buyers for part or all of its business. This news comes five days after The Newspaper Guild-CWA initiated its own search for new investors at Digital First, where newsroom staffs and budgets have been cut to the bone under its ownership. In response to the company’s announcement Friday, Sept. 12, Newspaper Guild President Bernie Lunzer stated, “It has been clear for some time that the hedge fund which owns the majority of Digital First Media was not operating the company as a long-term investment.”
Employees at the Bay Area News Group are rebelling against their current ownership, calling for the sale of newspapers including the San Jose Mercury News and Oakland Tribune to more community-minded owners.
Staff members and their union, The Newspaper Guild-CWA and local affiliates including the San Francisco-based Pacific Media Workers Guild, are spreading the message on Twitter and Facebook that we are looking for somebody to rescue our news organizations from the ravages of runaway cost-cutting.
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Political reporter wages his fight in a new venue
By Laura Thomas
Tim Redmond has never been an objective journalist and he makes no apologies for it: “I am a political reporter,” he said. “A reporter who is political.”
A stalwart of the San Francisco political scene, Redmond spent more than 30 years as a reporter, editor, then publisher of the San Francisco Bay Guardian until last year, when he left in a disagreement with owner Todd Vogt over staff cuts. Now a member of Guild Freelancers, he has begun his own non-profit news web site, 48hills.org, where he continues his analytical coverage of local politics. Continue reading