You know what they say in journalism: when a dog bites a man, that’s not news. But when a blog buys a newspaper….Tom Knighton, owner of Albany, Ga.-based political blog Laws N’ Sausages, has formed a company to purchase community weekly The Albany Journal.
Local TV station WALB reports:
“Since Knighton was young, he has wanted to be a newspaper man.
“‘Being a journalist is just something I have always wanted to do, and when an opportunity like that drops in your lap, you do not turn it down,’ says Knighton.
“‘This paper has not been dying, this paper is not dying at all, it is doing very well, and it turns out there is a trend throughout the country for community papers,’ says Knighton.”
Knighton plans to add a book review section to the paper but won’t be changing “for the sake of change,” WALB reports.
As far as he (and we) know, this is the first time a blog has bought a newspaper.
The paper’s circulation is not tracked by the Audit Bureau of Circulations, nor would Knighton disclose how much he paid for the newspaper.