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Philadelphia Magazine reporting George Norcross is now majority owner of Inquirer & media holdings

Steve Volk of Philadelphia Magazine is reporting that George Norcross is now the majority owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com, which is already managed by his 25-year-old daughter Lexie Norcross. Volk reports that the South Jersey Democratic boss has bought out the shares of fellow owner Kris Singh, and that a formal announcement is expected later today. The purchase effectively doubles Norcross’ holdings, and is a major development in the ongoing battle between Norcross and fellow owner Lewis Katz, that went public weeks ago when Katz sued Norcross over the firing of editor Bill Marimow. Marimow was reinstated in late November by a Philadelphia judge.

This is a developing story.  

Quote of the Day

Who could have predicted?:

At the time of the sale, Mr. Norcross’s partners and the newsroom hoped that Mr. Norcross, a full-contact political operator with a reputation as a bully, would find the better angels of his nature as he sought to broaden and burnish his legacy. But by many accounts, he just cannot help himself and his ham-fisted efforts to dictate personnel and coverage matters are certainly not useful.

Newspaper Coverage in Warren County

This is to anybody who reads Blue Jersey and lives in Warren County, or the far Northern reaches of New Jersey, and wonders why you never see anything in the local papers that concerns political issues, especially Democratic issues.  Its because the editors of the newspapers who cover this section of the state, you know that Lehigh Valley Newspaper Group, refuse to publish anything that comes from the Democrats in this area.

I am involved with four Democratic campaigns  in Warren County and  send press releases and they never make it past the editors, who say when I call them that the release was not perternent.  This has also been an issue for the Corzine people, who have been trying since March, that I know of, to get some love from the papers up here and have gotten zip.

I think we have to let these guys know that we want space and that there is a Democratic readership, things are changing in Warren County, new people are moving in and getting involved, the fifedom days are ending.  They need to review their practices, restructure and get on board with the new Warren County.

City Belt Launches With a Look at Lyon

The idea was first floated a few years ago, between journalists Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg and Jon Whiten: let’s start an alternative paper in New Jersey.

After many brainstorming sessions and lots of planning and study, July 1 marked the realization of that idea with the launch of City Belt, an independent, progressive news organization that’s focused on the cities and towns of North and Central New Jersey. City Belt will at first be a monthly magazine, distributed mainly through small businesses and college campuses — the first print issue debuts Sept. 1. The Internet offers City Belt a space to pursue an even greater amount of journalism; the Web site will be updated at least once daily.

City Belt will muckrake and revist a golden age when the alternative press had investigative vigor and the political conviction to stand up for what is important. And just what do we think is important? Social justice issues and good government, for starters. City Belt will also be covering the local arts scene in ways that probe deeper than patronage. Overall, we hope to be a voice of the progresssive community in New Jersey, and to further foster political, cultural and civic engagement. We welcome feedback — after all, we need readers as much as we hope readers will come to need us.

Our first story is a quick look into the background of Chris Lyon, the independent contractor working on the film commisioned by the Kean campaign to paint Menendez as unethical. We found some pretty interesting stuff by just looking around a bit, and thought it was important to get this out there. We hope that other news organizations will use their resources to look more closely at the pasts of those involved in this very important election, especially when doing so may shine light on hypocrisy or dishonesty.

City Belt is currently also looking for all kinds of help: we are scraping by in true DIY fashion, and could always use writers, distributors, tips on friendly businesses (both for advertising and distribution), and story ideas. We certainly can’t promise riches, but we do promise to reward all efforts to help get City Belt off the ground. Thanks.