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Scandal Barbara

Due to a series of recent events, Santa Barbara has itself a summer scandal and for a town that is generally laid back, this has everyone on edge. Basically, seven top editors (then a sixth), all quit their posts at the News-Press. This, to the surprise of many, happened at a paper that was purchased in 2000, amids the cheers of residents who rallied for a local, non-corporate owner. Be careful what you wish for.

Matt Welch describes the final straw(s) that broke the camel’s back:

3) She criticized a reporter and three editors for publishing the home address of Rob Lowe, and decided that future addresses would only be published with permission of the owner.
4) She spiked a follow-up story to an already-published article about how her recently appointed publisher racked up a DUI.
5) She gave that aforementioned publisher — who was a controversial editorial writer — latitude to oversee and intervene into the editorial content of the newspaper.

It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out. If you are interested in reading more, and I suggest you do because it’s like the soaps, complete with rich old women who are ripe with skin cancer, check these out:

| LAist: A Real Soap Opera For The Santa Barbara Press |

| UCSB Daily Nexus: News-Press Resignations Spark Controversy, Protest |

| LA Observed: Media Massacre in Santa Barbara |

| Los Angeles Times: Santa Barbara Residents Wonder What’s Next For Their Paper |

| The Independent: More Mess at the News-Press |

| The Indenendent: X-Dogs: The Last Stand |

| Los Angeles Times: Free The Press From Corporate Profiteers | note: interesting article, though not specifically about the News-Press

| The Write News: New York Times Sells Santa Barbara News-Press |

| SF Gate: Santa Barbara Meltdown |

| The Independent: Why I Quit The News-Press |

| Los Angeles Times: Editors, Columnist Quit Santa Barbara Paper |

| The Independent: News-Press Coverage: Letters |

| The Mercury News: Santa Barbara News-Press Owner Responds To Staff Changes |

| The Mercury News: Sports Editor Is Latest Resignation At Santa Barbara News-Press |

| The Editor’s Weblog: California: Free Paper Invasion |

| Editor and Publisher: Sixth Editor Leaves Santa Barbara Paper in Raging Dispute |

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