The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Big News Eats Little News

Jul 17, 2017

Management of the Baltimore Sunpapers claims they have been planning to shut down the local City Paper that they bought three years ago. They claim the paper is not a good investment any longer.

But is it a complete coincidence that news of this shut-down came to the staff at the very moment they told management they were joining a union for journalists?

The City Paper has entertained Baltimoreans with local news and local cartoonists, culture reviews and listings, restaurant reviews, Best of Baltimore selections and some reporting that could be called “thumb in the eye” of the city politicians and business owners. Or as one sad reader put it, “ … it’s an honest rag with honest to goodness reporting rather than regurgitated press releases” – which is a description of what has happened to the daily paper as more and more journalists left or were laid off.