You might have missed this on the Ledger Web site:
The Gainesville Sun and Ocala Star-Banner will merge news operations, according to an announcement by executives of both papers Monday. News and copy desk functions, design, layout and pagination for the two papers will be done in Gainesville.
That was the whole article. I can’t understand how I missed it. It was published in prime time: Tuesday at 11:15 pm. They dropped it in between Florida, Michigan Delegates Forgiven With Prime Seating At Convenion(sic) and Man Charged With Assault Over Butter. I don’t remember seeing one of those cute “BREAKING NEWS” tags most often used when Brittney stubs her toe.
The Ledger story omits some important details. Most importantly that both the Sun and the Star-Banner are owned by the New York Times Company. The same group that owns the Ledger and the News Chief. I can’t understand why the NY Times Company didn’t supply the Ledger reporter with a few more details. You would think the New York Times Company would throw a bone to their compadres.
At least the Ledger published the story about 90 minutes before the Herald-Tribune, another NY Times Company newspaper, published their version. The Herald-Tribune did announce the papers were owned by the NY Times Company, and some other details.
If it makes sense to combine staff from towns about 40 miles apart, why not combine staff from two papers less than half that distance apart? It would be a logical step toward dropping the recently purchased News Chief.
We must now ask the accountants at the Ledger and the honchos at the News Chief: How long before we hear the same news from your offices?
(Update: Tom “Hyphen Hunter” Hagerty pointed out the the Winter Haven paper doesn’t include a hyphen. I’ve removed the hyphen in this article, but I’d like to mention that the NewsChief.com site uses a hyphen for the page titles: NewsChief.com | News-Chief | Winter Haven, FL )