NewsGuild-CWA Members at Tribune Publishing Launch Campaigns Seeking New Ownership

NewsGuild-CWA journalists representing 10 Tribune Publishing Co. publications across the country are launching a campaign to return these institutions to local ownership.

The campaigns, including at The Capital Gazette, The Chicago Tribune, The Hartford Courant, The Morning Call, The Orlando Sentinel, and The Virginian-Pilot are aimed at finding investors to buy the papers and building relationships with those interested in saving local news through new ownership models. These campaigns run parallel to The Baltimore Sun Guild’s Save Our Sun campaign, which launched in April.

"We hope our actions will encourage an end to an industry consolidation that has left our country's newspapers in the hands of a few large corporations and hedge funds," the journalists said in a press statement.

"These cities will be better served by local ownership, including not-for-profit models, who share our vision of serving our communities with a vibrant newspaper," said Phil Davis, a reporter for The Baltimore Sun and a Washington-Baltimore News Guild-CWA Local 32035 steward. "We hope to build a future in which profits are reinvested back into the newsroom."