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New dawn for daily? Star looks outside for (another) publisher

Tucson's remaining daily print newspaper has (yet another) new publisher. The Lee/Gannett-owned outlet picked an advertising VP from the Tronc-run Orlando Sentinel — John D'Orlando — filling an office chair that's been rotating for the past several years.... Read more»2

Death by 1,000 paper cuts

As long as there have been big newspaper chains answering to the stock market rather than independent local ownership, newsrooms have braced for “layoff season.” But now the cuts are year-round. What if the ownership of your local newspaper is the biggest threat to the continued existence of watchdog journalism in your community?... Read more»

Sources: Publisher, advertising VP out at Daily Star

Mark Henschen, the publisher of the Arizona Daily Star, and the VP of advertising for the newspaper, Alisha Owens, will be packing up their offices, sources said. The pair are leaving the Lee/Gannett-owned paper, with Henschen reportedly fired and Owens resigning. Gannett reportedly laid off staffers at some 37 of its newspapers last week.... Read more»1

Az Daily Star lays off 15 percent of newsroom

The newsroom of the Arizona Daily Star became a bit quieter last week, as about 9 staffers were shown the door in the latest round of layoffs that have pushed the reporting crew there to less than half its former strength. The newspaper now lists just 60 newsroom staffers.... Read more»3

Star (finally) picks a new publisher

The Arizona Daily Star has removed the "interim" from in front of Mark Henschen's title, promoting him to publisher of the morning daily. The previous head of the operation, Chase Rankin, jumped ship to the Arizona Republic last June.... Read more»