An Austin American-Statesman staffer posted this on Facebook Tuesday:
I’m very sad for the newsroom tonight. We’ve been battered and bruised. I remember in 1981, when we said that everything would be better in the new building. And now we’re entertaining offers of selling it. I really am about to cry. I love the paper, but this upheaval is too much. Hugs to my colleagues.
The Statesman reported this morning that its owner is considering “several” unsolicited offers for its prime 18.9-acre lakefront property. The company says in a statement that “no decision has been made at this time,” and that “Cox Media Group remains committed to the Statesman, the Austin community and our employees and has no plans to sell the newspaper.”
Statesman publisher Jane Williams tells her paper that if Cox were to accept an offer, “we would look to relocate the Statesman” elsewhere in Austin because “we’re an Austin newspaper, so I would think Austin would be where we would be relocated, not Buda or Dripping Springs.”
A reminder to publisher Williams: Cox didn’t have any problem moving the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to the suburbs when it abandoned its downtown newsroom.
ALSO: A Statesman employee posted on Facebook: “Yesterday, we got the timeline for the consolidated copy desk, which means that our copy desk is disappearing Oct. 1 and moving to Dayton and Palm Beach.”