Why Not the News Chief & The Ledger?

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 )

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6 thoughts on “Why Not the News Chief & The Ledger?

  1. An even more important detail, and not yet officially revealed: the number of staffers to be cut. Seems like I’ve heard or read that 20 or more people will be let go.

  2. An even more important detail, and not yet officially revealed: the number of staffers to be cut. Seems like I’ve heard or read that 20 or more people will be let go.

  3. While it is a small point of distinction, The Ledger is a part of the New York Times Regional Media Group, while the News Chief is not. The News Chief is a direct property of The Ledger.

    In effect, these aren’t sister papers, as The Ledger is the parent of the News Chief. The Gainesville-Ocala merger is one of two sister papers.

  4. While it is a small point of distinction, The Ledger is a part of the New York Times Regional Media Group, while the News Chief is not. The News Chief is a direct property of The Ledger.

    In effect, these aren’t sister papers, as The Ledger is the parent of the News Chief. The Gainesville-Ocala merger is one of two sister papers.

  5. Rob, The News Chief certainly doesn’t work hard to make that point of distinction:

    “In March 2008, GateHouse sold the News Chief’s newspaper operations to The New York Times Company and its Lakeland newspaper, The Ledger.” About Us

    “You can use this page to check out job opportunities at the News Chief and our sister papers in the New York Times Company.” Jobs With Us

    “If you choose to use the NewsChief.com Web site and Mobile services (“the Service”), you will be agreeing to abide by all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement between you and NewsChief.com, an Internet service of the New York Times Regional Media Group (NYTRMG).”

    “All materials published on NewsChief.com (including, but not limited to news articles, photographs, images, illustrations, audio clips and video clips, also known as the “Content”) are protected by copyright, and owned or controlled by The New York Times Company, News-Chief, NewsChief.com, or the party credited as the provider of the Content.”

    Both from Terms of Service

  6. Rob, The News Chief certainly doesn’t work hard to make that point of distinction:

    “In March 2008, GateHouse sold the News Chief’s newspaper operations to The New York Times Company and its Lakeland newspaper, The Ledger.” About Us

    “You can use this page to check out job opportunities at the News Chief and our sister papers in the New York Times Company.” Jobs With Us

    “If you choose to use the NewsChief.com Web site and Mobile services (“the Service”), you will be agreeing to abide by all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement between you and NewsChief.com, an Internet service of the New York Times Regional Media Group (NYTRMG).”

    “All materials published on NewsChief.com (including, but not limited to news articles, photographs, images, illustrations, audio clips and video clips, also known as the “Content”) are protected by copyright, and owned or controlled by The New York Times Company, News-Chief, NewsChief.com, or the party credited as the provider of the Content.”

    Both from Terms of Service

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