Several items of note


Jill Abramson
Jill Abramson

I'm sure everyone out there in the blogosphere celebrated the return to print of The (not so)Daily Texan today. This summer, this print product will be produced on Mondays and Thursdays. The rest of the week, loyal readers should go to our new and improved website for the latest happenings on and around the Forty Acres. 

Historic happenings at The New York Times today. Executive Editor Bill Keller is stepping down (he'll become a full-time writer at the paper) and Managing Editor Jill Abramson will take over the top spot at "the paper of record" on Sept. 6. This will be the first time a woman has held the top job at the "Gray Lady." Dean Baquet, Washington bureau chief (and former editor of the Los Angeles Times) will take over as managing editor come September. Many friends (and my pension) are wrapped up with the future success of the Times -- not to mention the future of our democracy -- so I'm wishing Ms. Abramson all the best!

Oh, and did you notice that the Austin American-Statesman is offering voluntary buyouts to 167 of its employees who are at or closing in on retirement age? The bottom line remains hard to determine for media companies of all sizes.