Is Fort Worth's Star-Telegram Now a Newspaper Without a Home?

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Just got off the phone with Jim Witt, executive editor of the Star-Telegram, who pointedly did not deny this morning's hot rumor -- that the Fort Worth newspaper's building, which has been on the market since September 2008, has been sold and the staff told to work from home.

Sheesh. How bad can the newspaper business get? Will the staff be told it has to to provide beds for homeless executives?

I asked Witt if the building had been sold.

He said: "You know, we've had it for sale for a while. If it is, I don't know about it yet. I'm not plugged in. I've been out this morning, Jim. So I don't know. But I'm going to see the publisher this afternoon. I will certainly find out by then." (Update at 3:19 p.m.: Witt just forwarded this story just posted to the paper's website, in which it says XTO Energy's founder and Texas Rangers co-owner Bob Simpson is buying the building. The paper will relocate elsewhere to a leased location in downtown; where, precisely, it does not say.)

Who foresaw a day when the executive editor would have to ask the publisher if the paper still had a building?

I then asked Witt if the staff had been forced to give up its desks and told to work from home.

He said: "You know, we had been for a long time trying to make reporters mobile, so we've been equipping them with laptops and cell phones and air cards. It's more efficient to have reporters be mobile."

I asked him if it's conceivable that the Star-Telegram could wind up with no office and everybody working from home.

"You know, our sports reporters have never worked from the office. I've been here 25 years, and they've never worked from the office."

Yeah, but they're at the bar.

Wow. What do the reporters do when they don't have homes any more? Phone it in from their shopping carts?

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26 comments
larrypage00001
larrypage00001

Newspaper is a great tool and a good source of information for everyone. Many newspaper should strive for greatness because today they are declaring that Print Media is dead. But I doubt that. As long as you have a printer and a story to write then print them . Don;t be afraid.


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Cowtown
Cowtown

"You know, our sports reporters have never worked from the office".

As one of last 100 or so subscribers to the Startlegram, I find it debatable if some of the sports reporters like Jenny Floyd Engel or Lebreton have ever worked period.

Michel
Michel

I also heard all Directors are out?

Bill Moore
Bill Moore

Star Telegram staff could move office to JerryDome. I understand those Super Bowl seats are now ready.

Kaydoe
Kaydoe

Yeah, I understand that writers can work from home... but what about the editors? There is a lot of coordination that is needed to push the paper out.

BillyFred
BillyFred

That's about the smartest thing I've heard of a newspaper doing in the last 10 years.

WOW!
WOW!

this is really weird, FWST working off of the kitchen table, Wisconsin falling apart, Dwaine's gonna be mayor. Is this the rapture I've heard about?

quellepotat
quellepotat

Guess we won't be needing that public funded mass transportation now.

JimS
JimS

Whole thing sounds like Repo Man to me.

RobRob9
RobRob9

Now every day is a snow day at the FWST.

Jason Hensel
Jason Hensel

The Star Telegram should be spinning this as a positive CSR development.

Guest
Guest

Do you like websites?

Robert
Robert

The Fort Worth Club can buy the Star-Telegram building and turn it into another surface parking lot like they did the old ST classifieds building.

Howard
Howard

I personally feel that journalism needs to move away from the office, not just into their homes but reporters need to return to the old-school era of "walking the beat" (the community, visiting contacts, investigating first-hand). Today's mobile technology enables this even more so and conveniently.

The modern-day newspaper office should function essentially as a FedEx Office -- a central command point where the journalists and editors can convene for meetings, and where various technological resources (advanced teleconferencing, printing, photo/video equipment, bottles of scotch) are available to use.

Cushy offices have no place today if journalism is to survive -- hint, hint, Dallas' Only Daily...

scottindallas
scottindallas

I wish Arlington would try to draw them over there then they could compete with DMN.

Rooster
Rooster

Two words. Sale-leaseback.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

Lets offer Star Telegram a tax break and git em' over here.

Bartona104
Bartona104

"Wow. What do the reporters do when they don't have homes any more? Phone it in from their shopping carts?"

Come on, you know better than to ask a yes-or-no question. The answer is: Yes.

JimS
JimS

Kaydoe: Disagree. Never understood need for editors.

JimS
JimS

WOW!: We're not sure. But a group is assembling by the reflecting pond in front of City Hall, waiting for Arthur and Archie to descend from the sky in a flying saucer.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I cant recall me or anybody I know who has worked in a building that was sold be told to go home because said building was sold. conspiracy?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

might as well considering they share a lot of their content with the DMN

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