The Fall Of The House Of The Austin American Statesman

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2018/08/15 11:42:49 (permalink)
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    Re: The Fall Of The House Of The Austin American Statesman 2018/08/15 19:11:31 (permalink)
    $47.5mil is nothing to sneeze at.  What were the circumstances that led to the sale?
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    Re: The Fall Of The House Of The Austin American Statesman 2018/08/15 19:36:00 (permalink)
    Cox, the owner, had put it on the market before. They're not fit to survive in the new media landscape and they were savvy enough to know it. Gatehouse is fit, ethics aside, look for the print Statesman to vanish shortly.
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    Re: The Fall Of The House Of The Austin American Statesman 2018/08/15 20:53:44 (permalink)
    I'm not sure what the Statesman offices might still have for traditional equipment, but if you get the chance I'd appreciate it if you'd snag the linotype machine and any darkroom gear for me...I promise to pay you back.
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    Re: The Fall Of The House Of The Austin American Statesman 2018/08/15 21:30:49 (permalink)
    I can probably score you a Commodore 64
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    Re: The Fall Of The House Of The Austin American Statesman 2018/08/16 11:59:37 (permalink)
    And here in Central Ohio we await the same fate for the venerable  Columbus Dispatch.
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    Re: The Fall Of The House Of The Austin American Statesman 2018/08/16 13:32:52 (permalink)
    Print newspapers are dying off, whether we like it or nor.  Fewer people want to read yesterday's sports scores (that they already know), ... or look at outdated weather forecasts that have been updated or changed 4 times since the paper went to print, ... or read old news that has already been online hours earlier.  I'll be surprised if there are any print versions of major newspapers remaining in 10 years.  
     
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    Re: The Fall Of The House Of The Austin American Statesman 2018/08/16 14:27:05 (permalink)
    There is just such a real tangible pleasure to holding a newspaper in your hands and turning the pages. I really hope the form can remain. It's like reading a book instead of a kindle. I far prefer it.
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    Re: The Fall Of The House Of The Austin American Statesman 2018/08/16 17:06:48 (permalink)
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    Print newspapers are dying off, whether we like it or nor.  Fewer people want to read yesterday's sports scores (that they already know), ... or look at outdated weather forecasts that have been updated or changed 4 times since the paper went to print, ... or read old news that has already been online hours earlier.  I'll be surprised if there are any print versions of major newspapers remaining in 10 years.  
     
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    I blame Richard Nixon and Al Gore, the former for not burning the tapes and the latter for inventing the Internet.
     
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    Re: The Fall Of The House Of The Austin American Statesman 2018/08/16 17:20:03 (permalink)
    Al Gore reportedly makes a dynamite kettle of chili
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    Re: The Fall Of The House Of The Austin American Statesman 2018/08/16 22:14:30 (permalink)
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    There is just such a real tangible pleasure to holding a newspaper in your hands and turning the pages. I really hope the form can remain. It's like reading a book instead of a kindle. I far prefer it.




    The difference is that the Kindle is an exact copy of the book, word for word, so you don't lose anything by choosing one form over another.  Whereas online electronic news is NOT an exact copy of print news.  Print news often shows old, outdated information (news, sports, weather, etc.), while electronic news is far more up-to-date.  Electronic news can also be much more interactive and responsive .... kind of like RoadFood.com versus a Roadfood book.    Imagine if this were a newspaper, and each of our replies to each other had to be sent to a news editor, approved for print, and printed the next day?  It would likely take 2 days in each direction for each reply.  What might be a 1 or 2 day thread on here could take several weeks to convey the same exchange of information in print form. 
     
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    Re: The Fall Of The House Of The Austin American Statesman 2018/08/17 08:57:58 (permalink)
    I do read online news and I see its value. But I also get the paper tossed on to my porch each morning. Reading that paper with a mug of hot coffee under a shade tree in the back yard is a great pleasure.
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    Re: The Fall Of The House Of The Austin American Statesman 2018/08/17 09:29:19 (permalink)
    From 1969 - 2005 I started each day with the WaPo.  Not only was it my primary source of news and entertainment (great comics, wonderful sports & 'Style' sections), it was also my primary source for informed shopping.  Since, the internet and cable have replaced it entirely.    
     
    During the bulk of my loyal readership Graham and Bradlee (for the most part) confined editorial comment to the Editorial page.  Now it is just an ego-toy that Bezos bought for about two weeks of his income.  Sad.
     
    These days our local paper (DMN) is just a sports section wrapped by a cut 'n paste of wire service copy.  I buy a copy every year to fuel my chimney charcoal starter. 
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    Re: The Fall Of The House Of The Austin American Statesman 2018/08/17 13:25:48 (permalink)
    I'm blessed to live in a city that has an excellent, thick, 7 days a week hard copy newspaper: The New Orleans Advocate. It has completely replaced the Times Pic. Jim Amoss plundered the Times Pic newsroom then took a fat retirement. He is loathed in this community.
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    Re: The Fall Of The House Of The Austin American Statesman 2018/08/22 12:29:18 (permalink)
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    From 1969 - 2005 I started each day with the WaPo.  Not only was it my primary source of news and entertainment (great comics, wonderful sports & 'Style' sections), it was also my primary source for informed shopping.  Since, the internet and cable have replaced it entirely.    
     
    During the bulk of my loyal readership Graham and Bradlee (for the most part) confined editorial comment to the Editorial page.  Now it is just an ego-toy that Bezos bought for about two weeks of his income.  Sad.
     
    These days our local paper (DMN) is just a sports section wrapped by a cut 'n paste of wire service copy.  I buy a copy every year to fuel my chimney charcoal starter. 


    And DMN also can lay claim to having one of the worst websites of any major paper in the US.
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