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The Inky Mess

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Is “Tainted Justice” Now Tainted?

It would appear that an Inquirer story killed last month by publisher Gerry Lenfest is back from the dead. The Inquirer today has a lengthy […]

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The Last Days of the Philadelphia Inquirer?

Let’s stipulate many things about Gerry Lenfest. That he’s a good man. A boon to the community. Somebody whose philanthropy has enriched this city beyond […]

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It’s Over: Gerry Lenfest Takes Control of Inky

“Businessman and philanthropist H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest took control of The Inquirer and its parent company Wednesday with the formal closing of a May 27th auction […]

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Drew Katz to Sell Interest in Inquirer, Daily News

Drew Katz is selling his interest in Interstate General Media, the company that his late father Lewis Katz won at auction just two weeks ago […]

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Inquirer, Daily News Co-Owner Lewis Katz Dies in Massachusetts Plane Crash

The Inquirer reports that one of its owners died in a plane crash last night: Lewis Katz, 72, co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily […]

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Lewis Katz: I Really Thought Norcross Wanted to Own It, Didn’t You?

There were a lot of people shocked Tuesday when Lewis Katz and Gerry Lenfest emerged the winners over George Norcross in the bidding for Philadelphia’s […]

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3 Ideas to Jump-Start Innovation at the Inquirer and Daily News

Well, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News are under new ownership, which looks a lot like the old ownership. Somewhat distressingly, Lewis Katz and Gerry […]

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Katz, Lenfest Winners of Inquirer, Daily News, Philly.com Auction

Email from Norcross spokesman : Katz and Lenfest win. $88 million. @phillymag — Joel Mathis (@joelmmathis) May 27, 2014 Joel Mathis is on the scene […]

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Today Is the First Day of the Rest of the Inquirer’s Life

Well, I was almost right. A year-and-a-half ago, I took stock of the then-new ownership of Philly’s major daily newspapers and offered the following declaration: […]

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Judge to Inquirer Owners: Let’s Have Us an English-Style Auction — You Have a Month

And there you have it. In a ruling issued on Friday, Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons of the Court of Chancery of the State of […]

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Is Nancy Phillips Really the Bad Guy of the Inquirer Performance Review Flap?

At this point, there’s probably no journalist in Philadelphia you’d want to trade places with less than Nancy Phillips. Trouble just seems to follow her […]

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First-Ever Inquirer and Daily News Performance Reviews Rankle Newsroom

In many workplaces, job evaluations are part of the routine, a once-a-year cause for heartburn and/or celebration of another year of hard work completed. The […]

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Black & White and Dead All Over? The “Darth Vader of Journalism” Strikes Back

In the fall of 2007, I was asked to interview Norman Mailer at a Free Library book event. At the cocktail reception beforehand, I found […]

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Can Philly Newspapers Be Saved?
Should the Daily News Close?
Is There a Hero in the Ownership Battle?

Writer Steve Volk is a longtime observer of the Philadelphia media scene — so he brings a substantial foundation to this month’s Philly Mag print […]

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Newspaper Guild Jumps Into Inquirer / Daily News Ownership Fray

The Philadelphia Newspaper Guild, which represents more than 500 employees at the company, filed a petition to intervene today in their parent company’s ongoing ownership […]