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

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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

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