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(NPR)   Darkness draws down, and democracy dies   (npr.org) divider line
    More: Murica, Tribune Company, Newspaper, Chicago Tribune, reader of local newspapers, Chicago Sun-Times, hedge fund Alden Global Capital, Mass media, journalist McKay Coppins  
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1264 clicks; posted to Business » on 18 Oct 2021 at 4:58 PM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-10-18 5:08:45 PM  
The Tribune has gotten thinner and thinner since Alden took over. And the Sports section which still touts itself as "the best Sports section as declared by the AP sportswriters" is only like 6 pages and does not contain any of the previous night's scores.

/the AP sportswriters probably declared it the best because 3/4ths of all bylines say "AP Wire" now
//Daily Herald sports section is far better
 
2021-10-18 5:36:21 PM  
I subscribe to my local newspaper.  It's basically a tax against corruption.  And I enjoy reading the local news.
 
2021-10-18 5:52:58 PM  

Psychohazard: I subscribe to my local newspaper.  It's basically a tax against corruption.  And I enjoy reading the local news.


I subscribe to a local indie/alternative because our town's newspaper of record, while not an Alden paper, is remotely owned and operated under the same basic premise.  Which is "a lot of people will still subscribe out of civic duty, let's cut reporting staff down to 2.5 FTE and make some money for a little while until those perma-subscribers die off".

Gonna be a giant black hole for history though.  It's already easier to figure out who was the Excellent Senior in the Pythian Sisters in Kokomo, 1934 than it is to find way more information from 3-4 years ago.
 
2021-10-18 5:55:57 PM  
How thrilled was I when the Chicago Sun-Times was purchased by Chicago Public Media (who runs NPR) and is now going not-for profit?

This is the way things should be.
 
2021-10-18 6:15:53 PM  
One thing no one seems to address.
Who the hell can afford to buy newspapers anymore? The price goes up and up - at least 3 times a year and the average person has to look at their budget and ask, what do I want, Disney+ or a newspaper with little to no local news anymore?
Guess who looses.
 
2021-10-18 7:06:01 PM  

Wireless Joe: How thrilled was I when the Chicago Sun-Times was purchased by Chicago Public Media (who runs NPR) and is now going not-for profit?

This is the way things should be.


Can they put out a non-tabloid edition, because I'd subscribe to that.
 
2021-10-18 7:58:51 PM  
from about six months ago

note:  no need to stand on your head or turn the monitor upside down

Australia's Media Concentration | The Weekly
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2021-10-19 8:11:59 AM  
Local TV news might fill the gap, if they weren't all owned by Sinclair

/ npr will be the only game in town
 
2021-10-19 11:08:44 AM  
I tried doing an independent local news blog in the community that my Alden-owned local newspaper covered before they shut it down. The businesses refused to advertise in it, stating why bother when there's Facebook, and people would talk all day long talking about how much they love and would support you, but wouldn't show up when you rolled out the monetization channel.

I would very gainfully for Amazon now. Fark you, getting mine, enjoy you local corruption and the erosion of your community cohesion.
 
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