Thanks to WJCT "First Coast Connect" andf Melissa Ross for covering this issue this morning (June 2, 2023) in journalist roundtable.
There is a long history of activist activity exposing the incredible shrinking local news market in St. Augustine, especially "this blogger," as one Republican condescendingly called me recently on social media.
In fact, "this blogger" filed an opposition to MORRIS COMMUNICATIONS' banrkrupcy filing for not planning how to preserve local and investigative reporting at the St. Augustine Record.
Those concerns fell on uncaring ears, with much pearl-clutching and affected martyrdom on the part of the $500.hour Chicago lawyers for MORRIS COMMUNICATIONS, fending off a request to save St. Augustine from the not-so-tender mercies of Georgia Chain Gang Journalism.
Those concerns have been proved valid by recent history.
This morning, Ms. Ross noted that GANNETT has fired all of the staff of the St. Augustine Record, leaving a hollow shell indeed. Sadly, the Record staff never organized a Newspaper Guild chapter, as I had strongly suggested to several of them.
From Florida Politics:
Journalists at four Florida Gannett locations planning one-day walkout Monday.
By Anne Geggis
June 1, 2023
Many of the journalists say they don't earn enough to live in the cities they cover.