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The Salem, Oregon-based Statesman Journal will stop its printing presses next month and start paying the Oregonian to do the work for at least the next four years.

Between 20 and 25 full-time and 30 part-time positions will be cut when the Oregonian begins printing the paper on Oct 14. Statesman Journal publisher Steve Silberman says the layoffs cause “angst and heartbreak,” but adds that it’s a smart financial move for the Gannett newspaper. He declines to say how much the press closing is expected to save annually or overall, reports the Statesman Journal’s Hannah Hoffman, who is tweeting the news. (One of her more interesting tweets: “Ore. publisher has assured Statesman he isn’t planning to cut the O’s press days.” I don’t think he makes the call on that.)

Speaking of Gannett, its shares closed at a 52-week high today: $16.30.

* Statesman Journal will close printing press (statesmanjournal.com) | (@HannahKHoffman)

UPDATE: American University’s Eagle has yet to publish a story about the controversy. (It’s only published Rants section reader posts about it.) I asked editor Zach Cohen about that and he responded:

We will make a decision on whether or not to run the story once we have all of the facts, including more details on the legal or administrative implications.

Frankly, if Insider Higher Ed beats you to a story on your campus, you should probably just consider it old news that you missed and move on.

* An unusually public discussion of breast-feeding while teaching (insidehighered.com)
* Prof: “I was shocked and annoyed that this would be considered newsworthy” (counterpunch.org)
* Student: “That article should be the end of her career at AU” (theeagleonline.com)

University of Texas at Austin journalism professor Paula Poindexter has a new book out about the millennial generation’s low interest in news. Here are three points from her press release:

* Millennials describe news as garbage, lies, one-sided, propaganda, repetitive and boring.
* Most millennials do not depend on news to help with their daily lives.
* The majority of millennials do not feel being informed is important.

“In the future we may not have anybody consuming news,” Poindexter says in her release. “We can’t continue to ignore the problem. The older generation is dying out. Who will be the role model encouraging future generations to be informed?”

The full release is after the jump, and some good comments about this are on my Facebook wall.
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* Going through the attic for early USA Today sketches (garciamedia.com)
* A major redesign for USA Today as it turns 30 (politico.com)

NPR recently asked listeners to vote for their favorite Young Adult novels. The radio network looked at the more than 75,000 responses and came up with “Your Favorites: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels.” Only two books on the list — “The House on Mango Street” and “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” — have main characters who are people of color.

“This just might be the whitest YA list ever,” author Laurie Halse Anderson writes on her blog. She says she’s honored that two of her books made the list, but “it also made me sad. And angry and frustrated.”

NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos writes:

Much of the criticism was directed at the four white judges, but the censure is misplaced. After speaking with editors and studying the poll, I find that the problem was not the judges, but the nature of the poll and the make-up of the audience.

The ombud points out that NPR’s audience skews white and mature, and that “many of the voters merely selected the books they knew, loved and identified with when they were teens.” Thus, the poll result “was innocent, normal and natural. If still sad.”

* NPR listeners’ list of best-ever teen books is called “the whitest ever” (npr.org)
* Your favorites: 100 best-ever teen novels (npr.org) | Check out the NPR Books site

UPDATE: San Diego Business Journal editor-in-chief Reo Carr is asked about his sourcing on the story. He tells Patch: “We would not have published the story if we didn’t have solid confirmation that it was factual and correct. Our sources are confidential and did not want to be identified.”

UPDATE II: U-T San Diego CEO John Lynch tells the North County Times that there’s been no acquisition. He declined to say if talks are in progress.

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San Diego Business Journal reports — with no sources named — that “Papa Doug” Manchester’s U-T San Diego has bought the North County Times and Californian, but U-T CEO John Lynch tells the business weekly that nothing’s been signed yet.

The sales price was not disclosed, but there is speculation that the North County Times is currently profitable and was sold for five times its cash flow, or between $8 million and $10 million.

There are no reports of the alleged deal on the North County Times or Californian websites.

Meanwhile, the U-T San Diego editorial board is telling readers that the future doesn’t look good with President Obama leading the country: “The U-T sees $8- to $10-a-gallon gasoline in 2016. …we predict an effort to have late-term abortions paid for by taxpayers …we even predict an effort to get “In God we Trust” removed from U.S. symbols, including our money.”

* U-T San Diego buys North County Times and Californian (sdbj.com)
* Obama in 2016? A choice for America! (utsandiego.com)
* Check out U-T San Diego’s “Seeing Red” page (utsandiego.com)

ALSO: A reader shares this invitation to tomorrow night’s Republican Party of San Diego/UT-San Diego event, which the Los Angeles Times recently wrote about:

You are cordially invited to join Chairman Tony Krvaric and the Republican Party of San Diego County for an exciting evening at the new U-T San Diego: A One-Stop Shop for Candidates

PROGRAM

* Welcome and introductory remarks by John Lynch, Vice Chairman & CEO
* Media Savvy: How to get noticed by the press, how to craft a press release
* Editorial Board Q& A: Who are they, how do they decide what to write about, how does one get endorsed?
* Meet the Editor
* The new U-T San Diego: learn about this innovative new media company right in our own back yard – a “one-stop shop” for candidates
* Tour of the U-T TV studio and the new newsroom with Roger Hedgecock
* Networking and refreshments in the Auto Museum

Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 6-8 PM

Manchester Boardroom
U-T San Diego
350 Camino De La Reina
San Diego, California 92108

Business Attire – Invitation is Non-Transferable

Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, September 7 to Ms. Mary Hart at (619) 293-1104 or mary.hart@utsandiego.com

* San Diego’s largest paper to offer pointers to GOP candidates (latimes.com)

* Tracey Shelton‘s photos from Syria draw strong responses. (globalpost.com) | (@tracey_shelton)
* Read tweets about Shelton’s “shocking and incredible” photos

* Print advertising revenues at newspapers in the first half of this year fell 25 times faster than digital sales grew, reports Alan Mutter. (newsosaur.blogspot.com)
* Homicide Watch’s Kickstarter campaign gets boost from David Carr and makes its $40,000 goal. (nytimes.com) | (kickstarter.com)
* Roll Call and CQ Today to become a single daily newspaper and merge their newsrooms. (nytimes.com)
* Marc Ambinder joins The Week as editor-at-large and starts a blog called The Compass. (theweek.com)
* Investigation of fired WSJ intern’s work at Yale Daily News finds “no evidence of any fabrication,” but.. (Yale Daily News)
* “60 Minutes” declines to reveal Mark Owens’ real name or ID the cable channel — Fox News — that outed him. (mediabistro.com)
* “I’ve got a media mutiny,” says Jets linebacker Bart Scott. “Yeah, a boycott.” (usatoday.com)
* Roger Ebert’s memoir is optioned for a documentary with Martin Scorsese as executive producer. (timeoutchicago.com)
* Mercer University kicks off $5.6 million project to try to save local journalism. (nytimes.com)
* Goldfarb: Too safe NPR “is like a car driven by pensioners cruising along in the slow lane.” (globalpost.com)
* Judge in ex-Detroit mayor’s corruption trial is accused of trampling on reporters’ rights. (deadlinedetroit.com)