Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Oak Cliff Tribune Stops The Presses

The Oak Cliff Tribune has stopped printing while its publisher tries to figure out how the 105-year-old newspaper can survive in the 21st century.

The most recent edition of the weekly Tribune was dated Feb. 5. A staff member said publisher Mark Housewright announced that day that he was suspending publication.

“We made a decision to step back and think about the future of the Tribune,” Housewright said Monday. “We’ll certainly be making some decisions within the next couple of weeks.”

As of Monday, two key members of the Tribune’s staff were still in the dark.

“I’ve been trying to stay away from Lions Club meetings and things like that,” entertainment editor Jo Ann Holt said, “because I don’t know what to tell them.”

Holt said she and her husband, features editor Durhl Caussey, are Tribune shareholders. She said Monday that they had not heard from Housewright in a week.

“The last word that we had from Mark Housewright was that he was in the process of selling the newspaper, that he had a buyer,” she said.

Housewright said it’s possible the Tribune, which has no website, could be reborn in a different format.

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