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From the editor

60 Minutes looks at crisis in local news & Report for America's work to rebuild journalism

Sunday night, 60 Minutes is set to air a story about how hedge funds and chains have hollowed out local news — and how groups like Report for America, which supports work at the Tucson Sentinel, are rebuilding journalism with local support.... Read more»

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From the editor

Dirty little secrets of the news business

How real reporting is the antidote for an epidemic of fake news, and why it's important to support your authentically local, mission-driven nonprofit news site: TucsonSentinel.com.... Read more»

Daily Star owner furloughing reporters over CV-19 ad decline

With ad revenues falling about as fast as coronavirus cases are increasing, Lee Enterprises — the national chain that runs the Arizona Daily Star — is telling journalists to stay home for two weeks without pay.... Read more»

Analysis

More layoffs loom for Daily Star, 100s of papers as parent chain taken over

The merger of two chains — Gannett and Gatehouse — will have ripple effects across about 260 daily papers, including the Arizona Daily Star and Arizona Republic, with the company saying there will be more layoffs in its already diminished newsrooms.... Read more»

Tucson Citizen archive back from the dead — 'such as it is'

After vanishing at the beginning of the year, a small fraction of the former online archive of the Tucson Citizen has been restored — but more than 200,000 stories are still unavailable. "No more than 'better than nothing,'" a former staffer called it.... Read more»

Final locally printed edition of Daily Star will roll off press Sunday

The hulking machinery at the Tucson Newspapers plant will rumble Sunday, as ink is rolled on paper for the last copies of a local daily newspaper to be printed here. The Arizona Daily Star is shifting production to Phoenix.... Read more»1

From the editor

10 years gone: RIP Tucson Citizen

I've got one of those calendars atop my monitor, the type you find in banks, with metal tiles for the days of the week, dates and month. One side I keep up to date. The other, no matter the date, says "Fri May 15." That's the last day the newsroom of the Tucson Citizen was filled with hustle and bustle.... Read more»1

Sentinel editor interviews Huckelberry on Buckmaster

TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith joined Dan Shearer of the GV News in interviewing the Pima County administrator on the radio on Friday.... Read more»

Daily Star to halt presses; Republic will print Tucson newspaper in Phoenix

The Arizona Daily Star will shut down its local press and print its newspaper in Phoenix, trucking copies to Tucson daily. Sixty jobs will be lost in the pressroom when the hulking three-story machine grinds to a halt in May, and the Star is seeking a much smaller office.... Read more»4

All-star lineup of Tucson reporters faces buyouts, layoffs loom

A list of household names on the Arizona Daily Star staff must soon decide if they'll stay on the job — the newspaper's corporate owners have offered buyouts for older workers, with potential layoffs pending if not enough staffers accept.... Read more»3

Did a quarter-million Tucson Citizen newspaper stories go up in digital smoke?

The bare-bones remnants of the Tucson Citizen's online archive vanished from public view weeks ago, and corporate staff have given conflicting accounts about whether hundreds of thousands of news stories will ever be accessible again.... Read more»

Daily Star publisher jumping to Republic

Chase Rankin, the publisher of the Daily Star for about 14 months, is leaving Tucson to become an advertising VP at the Arizona Republic. Rankin rose through the ranks of Lee Enterprises, a media chain that is part-owner of the Star. He is leaving to work for Gannett, the larger chain that owns the Phoenix daily and half of Tucson's daily newspaper.... Read more»4

Daily Star paywall to charge online readers

Changes are coming to the website of the Arizona Daily Star. The site has changed its URL, from azstarnet.com to tucson.com, and a long-delayed paywall was rolling out on Sunday, with publisher Chase Rankin offering scanty details in a paean to the shifts in the site.... Read more»19

Daily Star parent gives execs $1.1 million in bonuses

Lee Enterprises, the troubled newspaper chain the owns the Arizona Daily Star, is yet again giving top executives six-figure bonuses. The company's reasoning? Lee's honchos revamped the chain's debt load, stretching out payment terms while slightly bumping the interest rate as Lee refinanced about $800 million in debts.... Read more»1

Tucson Citizen archive available - not quite public yet

A visit to the home page of the Tucson Citizen still displays a notice that parent company Gannett Inc. pulled the plug on the website of the shuttered newspaper, but a skeleton of the text archives is available for those who can find it.... Read more»5

Gannett pulls plug on Tucson Citizen, again

Four and a half years after the press of the Tucson Citizen rolled for the final time, the final employee of what became a blogging site was laid off Friday. Newspaper chain Gannett announced that the website would become an archive, letting go sportswriter Anthony Gimino (for the second time) and shutting down the site.... Read more»7

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