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After 130 years, Daily Transcript going dark

Business, legal, real estate daily had a niche

The San Diego Daily Transcript/San Diego Source newspaper is going out of business after almost 130 years. The last paper will be printed September 1 and the company will cease operations three weeks later, according to an announcement today (July 22) by Robert Loomis, publisher.

Loomis said that operations were problematic "in a market of San Diego's size." He blamed "increasing overhead, healthcare costs, and the uncertain future of of the news industry." The paper and its website specialized in business, legal, and real estate news.

The 21-year old website will linger on for awhile, then cease operations, Loomis said.

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The San Diego Daily Transcript/San Diego Source newspaper is going out of business after almost 130 years. The last paper will be printed September 1 and the company will cease operations three weeks later, according to an announcement today (July 22) by Robert Loomis, publisher.

Loomis said that operations were problematic "in a market of San Diego's size." He blamed "increasing overhead, healthcare costs, and the uncertain future of of the news industry." The paper and its website specialized in business, legal, and real estate news.

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Last time I saw a Transcript it was all legal ads and public notices for contractor bids. Little news. Too bad though, you'd think the L.A. Times would have bought it? They could have, "continued to serve the community by combining resources."

July 22, 2015

Ken Harrison: The question is this: what publication is going to get all those legal and real estate ads? Best, Don Bauder

July 22, 2015

When I was a building contractor (before the internet) the Transcript was essential to our business. Now, of course, that information is far less expensive to obtain. I wonder if anyone did a study to find the appropriate price point for such a publication.

BTW, somewhat off topic, I just cancelled my U-T subscription (no time to read it). I was particularly interested to compare the old with the new. Actually there was much to like before (just ignore all the opinion and seek news) and I think it is getting better. It is bothersome that publishers aren't happy with just news and insist on telling us how to think about it. Does anyone have strong thoughts about the U-T evolution?

July 22, 2015

swell: The consensus of former U-T journalists who worked there in the Copley, Platinum Equity, and Manchester regimes seems to be that the paper and its website are improving. Best, Don Bauder

July 22, 2015

If memory serves, some present-day San Diego scribes used to work at the Transcript: Scott Lewis from Voice of San Diego and maybe Ron Donoho of CityBeat. Donoho may have worked for some other downtown business paper and I have conflated the two.

July 22, 2015

monaghan: When I was at the Union in the early days (1970s, 1980s), we hired several people from the Transcript. More recently, ex-UTer Dean Calbreath went with the Transcript. He may be there now. Best, Don Bauder

July 23, 2015

Say it isn't so! I love the transcript! I love all the people who ever have worked there. It is delivered every day with a rubber band around it, the San Diego News is the best of the paper newspapers, it's the San Diego DAILY, except for Saturday and Sunday. My heart is broken.

July 22, 2015

nostalgic: Don't hold me to this, but I think the Transcript was the only publication carrying a list of San Diego stocks, called the San Diego Stock Exchange. Best, Don Bauder

July 23, 2015

Don - I think that the Uptown San Diego Examiner and the San Diego Metropolitan Examiner & Daily Business Report will expand its business model as needed to provide San Diego with its services. BTW: Their banner says that they were established 1937.

July 23, 2015

Founder: What??!!! You mean 2015 minus 1937 doesn't equal 130?? My guess is that the Transcript is adding in the lives of its predecessor publications. Best, Don Bauder

July 23, 2015

From the SDDT website: The papers roots go back to the National City Record, which began publishing September 28, 1882. The name evolved through a succession of owners, becoming The Daily Transcript in 1886. In 1909, the Superior Court declared the paper, "A newspaper of general circulation published for the dissemination of local and telegraphic news and intelligence of a general character." Later it became the official newspaper of the City of San Diego. The 1920s saw the evolution of the Transcript into a true business publication.

July 23, 2015

danfogel: Kinda sad to see a publication that old go out of business. Best, Don Bauder

July 26, 2015

What if we had a "San Diego Daily Translator" to separate the ponies from the shit we get from the other media? In other words, Bauder "on steroids?"

July 25, 2015

Twister: Oh dear."Bauder on steroids?" How many businesses would move out of San Diego? The Chargers might be the first. Best, Don Bauder

July 26, 2015

Newspapers must be adjudicated by a superior court as eligible to carry legal notices. So there are still many publications that can publish legal notices, although the Daily Transcript was the local gold standard. Now the rest of the little publishers will be competing for legal notices.

This is a link to the most recent list of publications that are approved by the SD Superior Court:

http://www.sdcourt.ca.gov/pls/portal/docs/PAGE/SDCOURT/GENERALINFORMATION/FORMS/ADMINFORMS/ADM335.PDF

July 26, 2015

Ponzi: The Tribune Co., through the LA Times, owns the Del Mar Times and Carmel Valley News, I believe. They were bought by Manchester and went to TribPub when it bought the U-T. So U-T may have its foot in the door for some of this advertising. Best, Don Bauder

July 27, 2015

All media is out of touch with change, especially subtle change. Computers and the Internet have not yet been touched with respect to their potential.

As if "attention spans" were not short enough, "modern" media continue to suffer from soundbyteism and the ifitbleedsitleads syndrome. News "coverage" continues to be scattered and short-lived, rather than a source for citizenship and organization.

Internet media continue to follow the old print traditions of advertizing, putting maximum effort into control of the user rather than having their sites user-driven. Once the novelty of the Internet and related "circuses" wears off, users will assert control, whether or not the power centers like it. But this will take some time.

This is where the Internet has it over print media. It has the capacity and the potential for organization to maintain relevant data streams without dropping the ball.

In the meantime, print media have the potential for filling the gap, and some try mightily, but their ancient and limited apparatus are simply too limiting. Still, filling those gaps is still possible . . .

July 27, 2015

Twister: I think it will be some time before print media go to the graveyard. There is no question they are going downhill. Best, Don Bauder

July 27, 2015

Yeah, but they don't have to keep doing it. But yeah, they will.

It would be interesting to know what the most ink, pixels, and airtime gets spent on what subjects. Like how inflated a football is, was, or should be. What some blowhard sleazebag says to get the ink/pixel/airtime spent on his blather.

To hell with the clowns, send in the lions. For the dentists. It's laughably pathetic.

"The God-damned human race," as Twain so deftly put it.

July 28, 2015

Twister: Twain hit the nail on the head so often. Best, Don Bauder

July 30, 2015

He may have stolen from Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw), but so have I (with apologies for my amendments).

July 31, 2015

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