A hedge fund is buying newspapers across the country — and then intentionally driving them into the ground

A ruthless vulture hedge fund is buying up and gutting newspapers all over the country, including some of the nation’s most storied publications.

A ruthless vulture hedge fund called Alden Global Capital is buying up and gutting newspapers all over the country, including some of the nation’s most storied publications.

Their strategy is simple: Strip the newspaper to bare bones. Cash in on existing subscribers and advertisers. Watch profits go up — and journalism die.

It’s just the latest gut punch to journalism at a time when our democracy is already in peril.

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After the Chicago Tribune was acquired by Alden Global Capital, the paper’s prestigious downtown office was traded in for one the size of a Chipotle. And a quarter of its newsroom staffers — including decorated reporters and photographers — no longer work there.

This is just one recent example of the struggles the journalism industry is facing. Since 2008, nearly two-thirds of newsroom jobs at U.S. newspapers have vanished. And the coronavirus pandemic has made the situation even worse: Newsrooms cut over 16,000 jobs in 2020, the worst year on record.

Journalism is the lifeblood of a vibrant democracy. Every time a journalist is taken off the beat, it becomes easier for politicians and corporations to get away with lying to voters and enriching themselves at the public expense.

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