The Daily News is owned by the McClatchy Co., a 150-year-old newspaper company headquartered in Sacramento, Calif. McClatchy bought the Daily News 30 years ago, when we were struggling and on the verge of going out of business. At the time, Anchorage represented McClatchy’s first expansion beyond the Central Valley of California. Today, McClatchy is the country’s third largest newspaper company.
The chief executive of McClatchy is Gary Pruitt. When I first came to the paper in 1980, Gary was the company’s first amendment lawyer and the guy who did libel law training for reporters and editors.
Gary visited Alaska at the end of April for an appearance at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, followed by a speech to Commonwealth North here in Anchorage. The subject of his talk was the state of the newspaper industry and what McClatchy is doing to cope with the changes buffeting our business.
The staff over at Commonwealth North recorded the speech and was good enough to send over a copy. I thought you might be interested in hearing what Gary had to say so here’s a link to it. Hang in through the background noise in the beginning.
McClatchy and the Newspaper Industry
Gary Pruitt at Commonwealth North