News that Digital First is seeking buyers for its newspapers comes five days after The Newspaper Guild-CWA initiated its own search for new investors at Digital First, where newsroom staffs and budgets have been cut to the bone under its ownership. In response to the company's announcement Friday, Sept. 12, Newspaper Guild President Bernie Lunzer issued this statement: "It has been clear for some time that the hedge fund which owns the majority of Digital First Media was not operating the company as a long-term investment. Under the right conditions, a sale can be a positive development for our members and the communities they serve. We will continue our efforts to identify potential buyers for local papers or clusters of papers. News organizations such as DFM, while operated for profit, remain a critical service to any community. We welcome hearing from all potential investors who understand the importance of supporting quality journalism and local jobs."