The Guardian

The biggest threat to journalism isn't Trump. It's declining revenues | Ross Barkan

Financial woes pose a far greater threat to the news industry than anything Trump says or doesBecome a Guardian Supporter: help secure the future of fearless, independent journalism
NEW YORK - JUNE 2: A newspaper vendor stacks papers in his kiosk June 2, 2003 in New York City. The FCC today eased regulations on media ownership, allowing broadcasters to own more television stations or a combination of newspapers, television and radio stations in the same city. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Amid the litany of laments over how Donald Trump’s nearly-there or full-blown fascist White House is ending the free press as we know it, the Baltimore City Paper quietly announced this month it was going to shut down. Well, not so quietly if you live in the area and care about a paper with a 40-year legacy of investigative reporting and arts coverage. For the city of Baltimore, it’s a devastating loss.

And it’s a reminder of the existential reckoning

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Guardian

The Guardian3 min readPolitics
China Is Harvesting Organs From Detainees, Tribunal Concludes
An independent tribunal sitting in London has concluded that the killing of detainees in China for organ transplants is continuing, and victims include imprisoned followers of the Falun Gong movement. The China Tribunal, chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice
The Guardian7 min read
Can Planting Billions Of Trees Save The Planet?
When Clare Dubois’s car skidded on an icy road in Stroud, Gloucestershire, a tree prevented her vehicle tumbling into a ravine. It was, she says, a sign. Humanity is nearing a precipice. Trees can stop us going over the edge. This calling was so stro
The Guardian3 min readPolitics
Sound Of Hong Kong's Defiance Reverberates In Beijing
Beijing’s public support for Hong Kong leader likely hides private fury, but letting her go would be another humiliation