Group That Owns Baltimore’s Daily Buys Baltimore’s Alt-Weekly

Baltimore’s City Paper has been purchased by the group that owns the city’s daily, the Baltimore Sun. Going forward, all City Paper employees will be fired, some to be eventually rehired by the new ownership.

Erik Wemple of the Washington Post has all the details, including at least one crushing quote from a current-for-the-moment employee:

“This is the only thing I’ve ever done,” says Smith. “I have sources and a body of knowledge built over a period of time that doesn’t go anywhere else very easily. If I’m out of a job, I guess I’ll have to find another career.”

I’ve only dipped into City Paper once, when I was visiting Baltimore this past September. From what I saw, it was a great and vital publication. It hardly needs to be said that Baltimore is a city with some great culture in addition to some real issues to address. I’m hoping much of the staff gets to return, and that the potential for editorial independence mentioned in Wempel’s post is for real.

Author: James Brotheridge

Contributing Editor with Prairie Dog.

7 thoughts on “Group That Owns Baltimore’s Daily Buys Baltimore’s Alt-Weekly”

  1. Paper, a ‘hard-scrabble’ Scranton, redundancies… This sounds like an idea for a “The Office” spinoff. PostMedia couldn’t buy the Prairie Dog so they started QC.

  2. What is the life expectancy of Any “paper” these days? 8 -10 more years?

    Hardly a shame, if City Paper’s board / owners were offered X amount of loot; and accepted it.

  3. Considering that PD is going to start running John Gormley’s column next issue, I’d say that a meshing of identities is just around the corner.

  4. I hope Barb is joking.

    If so,

    that’s a good one.

    If not,

    You shoulda become the QC.

    As for Ron’s response, no, “information” free from state and/or corporate control, education, and culture is not commerce; it’s not cool to simply “sell” for “loot”. Ultimately, perhaps, you can’t stop from going out of business sometimes. That’s a shame. But it’s actually a damn shame to have to sell yourself, and it’s not good, when we’re talking about culture/education/information free from state and corporate control. That’s one less source of information done with flair that’s free from state and/or corporate control.

  5. Talbot: Read the editor’s blurb just above the table of contents in the latest hard copy issue. I thought it was a joke at first, but now I’m not so sure.

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