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Breaking News: Death of the Metropolitan Daily

This just in: A newspaper right here in my own backyard—The New York Sun—just announced that it if can’t round up some new investors, it may cease publishing at the end of September. The Sun, which launched in 2002, has always defied the economics of newspapering. It’s practically a give away, and its editions, which sometimes run as small as 18 pages, never carry much advertising. In tone, it’s stuffy and center-right, but its vigorous coverage of New York is a welcome alternative to the wafer-thin metro section of the New York Times. (Disclosure: I’ve contributed to the Sun’s books pages from time to time.) The paper didn’t make it into my original post about which metropolitan daily will bite the dust first, but I’m offering even odds on the Sun.

There are also reports out of Denver that one of its dailies—The Denver Post or the Rocky Mountain News—may close down sometime soon. Both papers operate under a joint operating agreement between E.W Scripps, owner of the Rocky, and MediaNews Group, which owns the Post. The JOA, however, hasn’t changed the fortunes of either paper, and both are suffering through a bad economy. Like Detroit, Denver won’t be a two paper town forever. Alas, I’m laying 3-1 odds on the Rocky.


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