Vanessa is down at Colorado State campus right now and catching news that CSU president Larry Penley is meeting with Coloradoan publisher Christine Chin and editor Bob Moore right now to talk about a potential purchase of the university paper by Gannett. Editors at the Collegian are picketing the rumored sellout.
We've reported on some of the cozy relations between Gannett, which owns the Coloradoan, USA Today and hundreds of other newspapers, and CSU. The school's Student Media boss, Jeff Browne, has even publicly fretted over such a buyout. Gannett undertook a similar deal in Tallahassee, Florida, in 2006, buying Florida State University's student paper.
Vanessa spoke with editor Dave McSwane, who said student media officials seemed to be unaware of the pending discussion. Apparently, student government president Katie Gleeson is also in on the talks right now.
We'll follow up later in the afternoon.