By the edhat staff
This week the Santa Barbara News-Press announced they’ll be entirely digital for now.
A note was issued on the paper’s front page on Wednesday stating the printing editions will be temporarily unavailalbe due to “power issues” with their printing plant at at 725 S. Kellogg Ave. in Goleta.
The paper has not stated when they expect the issue to be resolved.
Back in April we reported the dwindling staff of the Santa Barbara News-Press had vacated the historic downtown building at 715 Anacapa Street.
The embattled newspaper announced moving all of its administrative operations, including its newsroom and advertising and circulation services, to the Goleta printing plant.
News-Press Building in downtown Santa Barbara (edhat file photo)
The Santa Barbara News-Press began printing as a weekly paper, The Santa Barbara Post in 1868, and after an acquisition in 1932 and a merger was renamed the News-Press. The respected paper won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing in 1962 under the tutelage of T.M. Storke. The paper was sold in 1964 before being sold again to The New York Times in 1984.
The paper’s current owner, Wendy P. McCaw, purchased the paper in 2000, and in 2006, controversy swirled the once notable publication as editors and writers resigned with claims of McCaw interferring in the newsroom.
More reporters and staffers were fired, or resigned, leading to numerous lawsuits and an all-out boycott of the paper by the majority of Santa Barbara residents.
Former News-Press journalists, Melinda Burns and Dawn Hobbs, penned an opinion piece in 2020 on McCaw’s “abuse of power.” They reported an administrative law judge of the National Labor Relations Board ordered McCaw to pay $2 million to the employee union and nearly 50 newsroom employees, in restitution for labor law violations going back a dozen years.