Proof that being a politician works: Kate Marymont, vice president for news at Gannett Co., Inc., has responded to Arizona State Rep. Daniel Patterson, who gave Gannett a Friday deadline in an email he sent to them Wednesday about the Citizen archives. As noted in my prior posts about this issue, Gannett has roundly ignored calls and e-mails from the Arizona Historical Society about this issue. You can read Marymont’s e-mail below, but her comment about the Arizona Historical Society possibly not being part of the solution is pretty pointed. I wonder if Gannett is planning to build a museum to make the archives accessible to the citizens of Arizona, as Marymont suggests below.
Dear Rep. Patterson:
I appreciate your interest in the preservation of the Tucson Citizen archives. We certainly share that interest.
There are many complex issues involved in this process – issues of ongoing access, facilities, republication rights, digital rights, etc. Our news, IT, legal and digital teams all are involved.
The Arizona Historical Society may be part of our final solution, or may not. We don’t have that answer yet.
But please know that the archives will be preserved and in a way that they are accessible to the citizens of Arizona.
As for the timetable, the need for research and analysis will determine that.
I will keep you informed as we work this out.
Thanks for your interest.