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Dateline: Liberal, KS --- Staff walks out of old paper, starts a new paper

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by 2muchcoffeeman, May 6, 2008.

  1. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member


    This letter to readers is not on their web site (which is still swdtimes.com despite the "d" clearly being fictional these days). The comments, however, are:

    For a great number of reasons, this is snarkastically amusing to me. :D
  2. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    His new company should be called Liberal Media.
  3. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    Good for the staff. I wish them well. I know plenty of folks at other small-town papers who would like to do the same thing if they thought they could pull it off.
  4. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    I know one other small-town paper staff who did it. I'm pretty sure it's still around and the orginal paper has gone from twice to a week to once because of it.
  5. Riddick

    Riddick Active Member

    that is probably the best post I've read in a long time. Good luck to ya all.
  6. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    Liberal has some interesting newspaper history.

    One former publisher of the Southwest Daily Times was convicted and served time for embezzling from the paper.

    When he was released from prison, he returned to Liberal and started a weekly that's still operating.

    So, now Liberal might have three papers: a weekly run by a former ouusted publisher, a daily run by a former publisher and some of the staff and the Southwest (not really) Daily Times.
  7. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    I wish them much better luck than a publisher in a small town north of Columbia, Mo.
    He did the same thing earlier this century, and while I was appreciative of being an SE at his new weekly paper, the thing shut down within six months (and three months after I left). With the right staff, you can certainly pull it off.
  8. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    The thing is this: Can you pry the advertising (especially the cars and the legals) away from the older paper? Sounds like people in town are so disgusted with the old paper that moving the advertising is a distinct possibility.
  9. Appgrad05

    Appgrad05 Active Member

    God bless and good luck to the 17 people jumping ship, but do you really win third place? You finish in third.
  10. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Job openings available

  11. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Incredible. The cult actually spent the $75 to place the ad.

    (And they will now think I'm one of my former coworkers who actually invented that term in reference to Lancaster Management.)
  12. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    I can't think of too many publishers who could convince even a janitor, let alone his entire newsroom, to walk out with him for a startup. I've got to be impressed with that.
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