By the end of the year, a new newspaper will be in the Capital District, both in print and on-line. The Daily Gazette, Proctors Theater in Schenectady and Overit Media of Albany are part of the new venture called The Alt. The president and publisher of the Daily Gazette, John DeAugustine, spoke with WAMC.

The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

For the first time in more than 20 years, The Berkshire Eagle is under local ownership after four investors with ties to the region purchased the paper from Digital First Media. WAMC sat down with The Eagle’s new president Fred Rutberg.

This is a picture of the front page of The Berkshire Eagle
The Berkshire Eagle

Four New England newspapers including The Berkshire Eagle are being sold to local investors who plan to increase news coverage and community engagement. The sale also includes The Bennington Banner, The Brattleboro Reformer and The Manchester Journal.

This is a picture of the front page of The Berkshire Eagle
The Berkshire Eagle

Four New England newspapers including The Berkshire Eagle are being sold to local investors who plan to increase news coverage and community engagement.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

One day, three journalists in a small town outside Albany pooled their resources and decided to buy their newspaper. The rest, they say, is going to be history.

An upstate newspaper has called it quits.

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Digital First Media has named Robert O'Leary publisher of its New York newspapers, including The Record in Troy, the Saratogian, the Daily Freeman in Kingston and the Oneida Daily Dispatch. 

Jon S., flickr

As local newspapers across the country are closing due to declining readership, rising costs, and a changing media landscape, two Capital Region publications are losing their longtime editors.

Closing Newspapers

Jun 7, 2015

  A few more upstate newspapers are folding.

A Catskill newspaper publishing facility is shutting down.

Columbia-Greene Media, which publishes the Catskill Daily Mail, Hudson Register Star, Windham Journal, and six other publications, is shuttering its Catskill printing plant, and as of February 3rd outsourcing production to The Daily Gazette newspaper in Schenectady. Nine full-time and 10 part-time positions in Catskill will be affected. The Windham Journal says several workers will be offered opportunities at the Gazette. The publishers say the move will enhance all the papers and allow color reproduction on every page.

The Berkshire Eagle

Berkshire residents picking up The Berkshire Eagle tomorrow morning will notice something different. The pages will have much more color and the print will take on a more modern style.

Nearly 300 rare items from a vast private collection of historical papers are being put up for auction in New York City. They include a document celebrating Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation of the globe in the 16th century and a book considered one of the earliest printed in America.

The artifacts are from the collection known as the Caren Archive, owned by Eric Caren of suburban Westchester County. The items being auctioned April 7 at Bonham's in Manhattan include rare Revolutionary War newspapers and a Butch Cassidy mug shot.

Radio On

Dec 5, 2013

Radio has survived and thrived for years beyond what self-proclaimed cultural and technological “experts” predicted.

Terrestrial radio may someday be eclipsed by satellites and cyberspace, but WAMC President and CEO Alan Chartock says --- not in the near future

Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down recently with Robert Titov, the Digital Development Director at the Jewish World. They discussed how the paper is adapting to cultural shifts away from traditional print media.

Listen to the interview by clicking on the link provided.  You can experience Robert Titov's work by visiting ... you can follow them on twitter at @jw_news and join them on Facebook at jewishworldnews.

Paul Elisha: On paper in the digital age

Oct 23, 2012

The poet Frank Bidart’s “Inauguration Day,” composed for President Barak Obama’s first Inaugural, began with these lines: “Staring out across America I see, since Lincoln, gunmen nursing fantasies of purity betrayed, dreaming to restore the glories of their blood and state.”  These words projected a hope of return to earlier times of repression and the glory of purity restored.  It’s a hope that obviously lingers for some.

New York Lawmakers have drafted bills in the Senate and Assembly which would crack down on anonymous commenters on blogs and websites... Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Under the proposed legislation, New York-based websites would be required to hold off publishing comments posted by readers who declined to identify themselves... no more "anonymous" reactions to blog posts or newspaper articles. Instead, those wishing to weigh in would have to attach a "legal name" to any comment, along with their HOME address as well as their computer's IP address.