K. Paul Mallasch: Life after newspapers

Dateline: Thu 01 Aug 2013

For those of you pondering the future -- those who have left the old mainstream media by whatever course -- here's an encouraging word from fellow journalist and digital entrepreneur K. Paul Mallasch of Muncie.

I first heard from K. Paul after starting this blog, following a joyous retirement from Gannett, in 2006. Mallasch was in the process then of thinking about new media and lauching projects.

He emailed this past week, after reading about the recent layoffs at the Indianapolis Star and seeing a link to my blog on Romenesko.

His first order of business was to say he'd published an autobiographical novel, about, what else? -- the news business. Or media, as he says.

  Here's the link to that:

I asked him to tell me about his work history, in hopes of inspiring others. Here's what he wrote:

"After being downsized by The Star Press in May of 2005 (where I was Online Manager / webmaster), I started the Muncie Free Press website on July 4th of that year.

"After building a foundation and learning a lot, I traveled to Anderson, Indiana, and started another news and community website, this time with a free monthly print tabloid that lasted four issues.

"After that foundation was built, I started Cleveland Free Press in Ohio. Along the way, I talked to politicians, business owners and most importantly, people from all walks of life about what they hated about the current system of media and what they wanted to see changed.

"Following seven long years committing acts of journalism in the Midwest, I sat down and spent a year writing a novel about what I had learned. With kNewspapers finished, I have returned to Muncie to finish the first foundation I built many years ago." 

His titles at Gannett (which owns the Muncie Star Press) included: web copy boy, web master and finally online manager, reporting directly to the publisher.

K. Paul, 40 years old, continues about what is on his plate now:

"The big push is toward http://kNewspapers.com, where I hope to sell the book and also gather people who care about journalism so we can all come together and make big things happen. Also, http://www.facebook.com/munciefreepress has been very interesting lately."

"Anything else you need, just let me know. Thanks again."

Oh, yes, and he hopes to move to Indy soon.


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I've very little knowledge of computer programming but I was hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyways, should you have any suggestions or techniques for new blog owners please share. I understand this is off topic nevertheless I simply needed to ask. Many thanks!

2013-08-01 18:47:14

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lot of things from it regarding blogging. thanks.

2013-08-01 22:08:29

Bob [unverified] said:

K Paul was considered to be a bit of an eccentric, like most web masters of that era - which didn't help his career.

2013-08-06 21:32:30

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