Morning Call journalists ask the public for financial help to go non-profit

Written by on July 1, 2020

Morning Call journalists ask the public for financial help to go non-profit 

By Tyler Pratt

July 1, 2020

Morning Call journalists are asking the public for financial help. The paper’s union members, along with those from nine other outlets across the U.S. owned by Tribune Publishing Company, want to move to a non-profit model.

Earlier this year, Tribune cut 17 percent of the Morning Call staff. That’s according to Jen Sheehan, a reporter with the paper. She says the publisher gave bonuses to company stockholders, while reporting beats suffered.

“We have a lack of coverage in city government, schools boards, police departments and when you become an area with few resources for journalism – then you have news deserts,” said Sheehan.

Sheehan concedes it might be a tough time for people to invest in the newspaper industry, But she also says, amid COVID-19 and a social justice awakening, robust local journalism is needed more than ever.

“Non-profit status is what our paper needs to be. It’s our future and it’s how we’re going to protect what we do and not be at the whim of Wall Street.”

NewsGuild union members are asking people to sign a petition to quote “Save the Morning Call.” And then help them to find an investor, foundation or a wealthy person with about $30 million dollars – before a new hedge fund makes further changes at the paper.

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