Tom, Knighton, blogger and owner of Knighton Media Inc., has purchased the Albany Journal, an area weekly newspaper. Knighton said that as far as he is aware, this is the first time a blogger has purchased a newspaper.
ALBANY. Ga. — The Albany Journal, an area weekly newspaper, has been purchased by Knighton Media Inc., said Tom Knighton, owner of the corporation and an area political blogger.
For the past several years, The Journal has been owned and operated by Kevin Hogencamp.
According to Knighton, who writes a column for the weekly, The Journal will change official ownership on Nov. 1. Knighton’s first edition will be available the following day.
“The Nov. 2 issue will be totally mine,” Knighton said. “Up until then, Kevin will be looking over my shoulder. He’s been a tremendous help.”
Knighton’s day job, which is winding down, is at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, where he oversees the disposal of equipment that would be used in a toxic chemical or biological environment. He may be better known, however, as a local political blogger at his former site, SWGAPolitics.com or his new one, Laws-n-Sausages.com. On both sites, Knighton identifies his political beliefs as Libertarian.
“As far as I know,” Knighton said, “this could be the first time ever that a blogger has bought a newspaper.”
Knighton said that “for reasons of his own,” Hogencamp and his family are planning to relocate from the Albany area and that decision prompted the move to sell The Journal. Hogencamp could not be reached for comment.
“I got an email from Kevin,” Knighton said. “It said, ‘I’m looking to relocate and do you want to buy my paper?’ That was a real no-brainer. I’d wanted to be a newspaperman since I was a kid.”
Knighton said there would be very few changes to The Journal format or content, “at least right away.” He did reveal plans to start a book review section, where works of local or regional authors would be highlighted for Journal readers.
“Kevin Hogencamp did a fine job making the Journal into the family weekly it is today. For me to come in and change all that would be a roadmap for disaster,” Knighton said.