Cover story piece on the recent acquisition of the Guy Gannett Communications ne
Cover story piece on the recent acquisition of the Guy Gannett Communications newspaper properties by the Seattle Times, which is owned by the Blethen family, whose patriarch, Alden Blethen, was born in the Waldo County town of Thorndike in 1845 and was the owner of newspapers in Kansas City and Minneapolis before buying the Seattle Times in 1986. Charles Cochrane, the publisher and chief executive officer of Blethen Maine Newspapers, moved east from Seattle to look after the Blethen family's interests. Cochrane is continuing the civic or community journalism experiment begun by Guy Gannett executives, but that experiment is controversial and a key issue in the debate is who should set the agenda in a community. Blethen Maine Newspapers editor Jeannine Guttman says civic journalism is a way of reconnecting with reders, and community forums help to achieve that goal. But whether cvic or community journalism results in a better newspaper is a qustion that has yet to be answered.
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Davis, Jay, "Cover story piece on the recent acquisition of the Guy Gannett Communications ne" (2000). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 4059.
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