Friday, September 23, 2011

Dismantling a newspaper

Someone is taking apart the Express-News.
SAN ANTONIO -- In what has been a bizarre week for the San Antonio's only major newspaper, Friday saw more shake-ups at the San Antonio Express-News.

Just days after Editor Bob Rivard and Managing Editor Brett Thacker left the newspaper, sources at the paper confirmed that two of San Antonio's most recognized columnists are leaving.

Cary Clack has been with the newspaper for 17 years; Scott Stroud has been with the paper since 2004.
(from KSAT-12)

I've heard the Houston Chronicle has a hand in this, and that the Express-News will be reduced to a shell of itself, a Southwest Texas extension of the Houston paper. Perhaps that's hyperbole, but these recent losses of major figures suggest that it's not.


Dave said...

Interesting. I still think that Sabra over at Trailer Park Paradise could out-write and out-editor the bunch of them.

Anonymous said...

The Express-News already has a lot of Chronicle content, so it wouldn't be that much of a change. Still sad, though.

Sabra said...

Thanks for the compliment, Dave; I think you are too kind.

I will very much miss Cary Clack. Combine his departure with the death of Kathy Clay-Little, and the east side no longer has any sort of voice or advocate in the local media.

Any newspaper's strength lies in its local connection. The Express-News has been lessening that for a long while now, but it has definitely accelerated in the last year to 18 months. The SA Life and Taste sections are now produced almost entirely in Houston, a large part of the Metro section plainly is as well, and no small number of EN "print exclusives" are second runs from the Chronicle.

It's sad if you're a newspaper lover.

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