Baltimore’s alternative weekly, City Paper, is being bought by the Baltimore Sun Media Group. The deal was announced last week, and will close in early March. Already many are asking: what does it mean for an alternative weekly to be bought by the traditional “paper of record”? We talk with Tiffany Shackelford, executive Director of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, and with one of the co-founders of Baltimore's City Paper, Russ Smith. He sold the paper to its current owner, Times-Shamrock Communications, in 1987.
We also reached out to the Baltimore Sun Media Group and staff members at the City Paper. All declined to talk with us.