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DFW suburban chain bankrupt

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Football_Bat, May 1, 2009.

  1. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2009/05/no_more_friday_night_lights_as.php

     
  2. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    i'd buy the mesquite news if they'd sell. looked into it once and got a very cold shoulder. guess i'm a sucker for still believing you can make money from a community newspaper.
     
  3. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    If it ever went up for sale and I could rustle up the money, I'd buy my hometown weekly.
    So scribe, you aren't the only sucker for community papers.
     
  4. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    Count me in as thinking you can make a living — which is different than making millions — at owning a newspaper, community, major metro or otherwise.

    I think I could make a go of my hometown weekly.
     
  5. daytonadan1983

    daytonadan1983 Active Member

    Kevin Hageland's a good guy. Does/Did a great job with Plano and keeping the sports sections of all those papers together.
     
  6. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    DMN gets rid of almost all of its prep writers, Plano paper shit cans its Saturday edition. Hmmmmm, hyper local strategy not working so well, is it guys? Any names for the new strategy? Hyper desperation? Hyper bottom line?
     
  7. crusoes

    crusoes Active Member

    Just hyperventilating.
     
  8. Blitz

    Blitz Active Member

    I believe it, too.
    There's money to be made a stories that need to be published by smaller papers.
    Big ones are in trouble.
     
  9. highlander

    highlander Member

    All those sports sections? Which ones? There are maybe 15 sports sections in that chain.
     
  10. jfs1000

    jfs1000 Member

    When do you take vacation? Unless you start hiring people left and right. But, I have found everyone who wants to buy their community weekly wants to be the publisher, editor and writer.

    To put out a product that I would be proud of, and to make ends meet, it would be impossible for someone to do both. Perhaps a news blog would work, but an outright printed paper would require a lot of experience.

    And, what about vacation? Do you close down for a month and ot print in the summer?

    That's just
     
  11. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    As someone else pointed out, just count this in another bump in the road of DFW preps coverage going down the tube. Sure, it's not the Cowboys, but an awful lot of folks I know there have high school football as their No. 1 priority.
     
  12. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Classic case of a de facto truce by attrition. The DMN made a big push into Collin County a few years ago with a zoned edition, with lots of extra pages. They were even doing subvarsity roundups. Then the circulation folks got caught cooking the books, and the retreat began. Now that the war is over, the troops at the community papers are standing down.
     
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