The Journal – Spring 2019 – Missing the News: The Future of Journalism in Kansas Communities
As the financial challenges facing Kansas newspapers grow, a marked shift toward out-of-state ownership is rearranging the landscape.
In his cover story, writer Joel Mathis chronicles how, as the financial challenges facing Kansas newspapers grow, a marked shift toward out-of-state ownership is rearranging the landscape. Some readers have noticed The Hutchinson News and its staff thinning since GateHouse Media took over the newspapers in 2016. But company officials contend they’re trimming to save journalism. In any event, such reduced coverage presents dire challenges for communities across the state, many of whom might not full understand what they’re losing.
Other stories in this edition include the story of how Wichita’s Mahaney Roofing Company became “2nd Chances Inc.,” a profile of Wichita State University administrator Kaye Monk-Morgan and the story behind how Hutchinson adopted a new city flag. This 10th Anniversary Edition also features a look back at the one of the most important articles ever published in The Journal, the May 2009 essay by KLC President and CEO Ed O’Malley outlining the KLC Four Competencies of Leadership.