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Sue Lani Madsen: Small-town newspapers have cliffhangers, if not breaking news

Before the 24-hour news cycle, before the daily newspaper, every community had a weekly – and no breaking news. The news was broken the week before press time and wouldn’t …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Warren Buffett gets out of the newspaper business

Billionaire Warren Buffett is giving up on the newspaper business. He’s selling all of Berkshire Hathaway’s publications to Lee Enterprises for $140 million, including the Omaha World-Herald in Nebraska and …


Rob Curley: Cynicism, trusting your mother’s love and peaches on Christmas

Romantic stories get to me. They always have. And that trait sometimes puts a journalist in an awkward position with others in this particular profession.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Newspaper publisher McClatchy teeters near bankruptcy

The McClatchy Co., the storied news publisher weighed down by pension obligations and debt, could file for bankruptcy within the next year, according to analysts.


Partisan divide apparent in how local news should be propped up

While two-thirds of Democrats say news organizations in need should be able to receive government or private funding in order to survive, only 17 percent of Republicans feel the same …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019

Newspaper chain GateHouse buying Gannett, USA Today owner

GateHouse Media, a chain backed by an investment firm, is buying USA Today owner Gannett Co. for $12.06 a share in cash and stock, or about $1.4 billion.


New S-R printing plant takes shape

The first of 44 concrete panels were tilted into position Tuesday for the new Spokesman-Review printing plant on East Euclid Avenue in Spokane Valley.


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019

Warren Buffett sees most newspapers as ‘toast’ after ad decline

Warren Buffett, the man behind a print-media empire that includes the Buffalo News and Omaha World-Herald, doesn’t think most newspapers can be saved.


Pew Research Center study says despite value in local journalism, readers lack awareness of revenue challenges

Most Americans think local news media is thriving despite decades of deep cuts to local newsrooms and steep declines in advertising revenue and audience, according to a new survey from …


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019

Town by town, local journalism is dying in plain sight

Newspapers in more than 1,400 cities and towns across the U.S. have closed over the past 15 years, often leaving residents without a reliable source of local news.


Hedge fund guts newspapers as it profits from their land

When the downtown building in Tennessee housing the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper sold last April, the name of the buyer – Twenty Lake Holdings LLC – seemed of little consequence. …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019

Gannett turns down hedge fund-backed Digital First Media

USA Today publisher Gannett rejects $1.36B buyout offer from MNG Enterprises, saying it undervalued the company and isn’t in the best interests of the company or its shareholders.


Tariffs on imported newsprint nixed in win for U.S. newspapers

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday nullified tariffs put into place for imported newsprint by finding that American producers weren’t harmed by imports from Canadian paper mills.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018

U.S. newspapers to Trump: We’re not enemies of the people

Newspapers across the country, including The Spokesman-Review, pushed back against President Donald Trump’s attacks on “fake news” Thursday with a coordinated series of editorials speaking up for a free and …


W. Stacey Cowles: Retail woes, tariffs mean big change for newspapers, subscribers

In the last year, print subscriptions across the country are up 25 percent to 100 percent depending on your rate. Outrageous, but based on simple economics.


100 years ago in Spokane: Journalism professor encourages newspapers to hire women

Miss Grade Edgington, a professor in the University of Washington’s department of journalism, said that newspapers can and should hire women to ease the wartime labor shortage.


SFCC officials determine student newspapers covering Pitcher scandal weren’t stolen

Campus security officials at Spokane Falls Community College determined hundreds of copies of the student newspaper were not stolen in early April, as student journalists suspected.


Canadian newsprint tariffs start to take a toll on U.S. newspaper industry

Little noticed amid the trade war discussion, tariffs levied by the Trump administration on the Canadian paper used to make newsprint are starting to take a toll on U.S. newspapers …


Newspapers’ bad news in U.S. gets worse, courtesy of trade spat

As if the U.S. newspaper business didn’t have enough trouble coping with decades of lost readers and advertising dollars, an escalating trade dispute with Canada is poised to make every …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017

Gary Crooks: I’m leaving the paper, but I hope you stay

It’s been a privileged perch, and I am grateful. However, politics has changed – and not for the better – and the impact on journalism is profound.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017

FCC weakens limits on owning newspapers, TV stations

Federal regulators are loosening rules meant to support independent local media.


Google drops ‘first click free,’ loathed by many publishers

Google will try to help newspapers and other publishers boost subscriptions by ending a decade-old policy that required them to provide a limited amount of free content before people were …


Anne Applebaum: Storm highlights need for local news

As the water recedes and the cleanup begins, national journalists will inevitably drift away.


Huckleberries: Smile when you say ‘Socialist-Review,’ partner

Most of us have catty nicknames for the town newspaper. Socialist Review. Coeur d’Alene Mess. Lewiston Trombone. Huckleberries asked readers for the nickname of their hometown newspaper. Owner Trish Gannon …


Michael Cavna: Texas newspaper fires Nick Anderson, the state’s last political cartoonist

It’s come to this: Texas, the second largest state in the union – and the home of so many historically colorful political voices – lacks a single staff editorial cartoonist. …


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017

Pay for news? More than half of Americans say they do

A battered news industry can find some flickers of hope in a survey that gauges public willingness to pay for journalism, as long as its leaders plan judiciously.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Explaining journalism to Fox News – again

What does it say about that network, about Trump, about how upside down our world has become, when being pro-truth is decoded as being anti-Trump?


Leonard Pitts Jr: Newspapers last line of defense between 2017 and ‘1984’

Readers found renewed appreciation for newspapers as we trudge through the Valley of the Shadow of Trump. They see them as the last line of defense between 2017 and “1984.”


Rob Curley: On the lookout for liars, and the difference between beliefs and facts

How journalists fare in a world of fake news.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Newspapers, the answer to fake news

There is, in fact, a news platform that specializes in gathering and disseminating non-fake news. So committed are its people to this mission that some have been known to risk, …