Founding Editor: Has Chain Ownership Changed the East Bay Express?

june 7, 2006  09:15 am
Berkeley's alt-weekly dedicated its May 31 cover story to the chain ownership of local dailies, but acknowledged its own corporate ownership in an accompanying piece by John Raeside, who edited the paper for 24 years. (Raeside was also one of the weekly's owners before it was sold to New Times in 2001.) Looking at the "ongoing organizational narrative" of the Express, Raeside notes changes including the elimination of first-person journalism and the inclusion of "the greater East Bay into its editorial mix," but concludes that the paper "continues to rely on good writing and long-form journalism to tell this community's story." He also notes that Judith Moore, who recently passed away, was "in the first rank of the writers whose work has ever graced these pages."