September 2009

The Newspaper Revitalization Act

This past March U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) introduced The Newspaper

Revitalization Act; a proposal that would essentially allow newspapers to opt-in to a federally-funded program that would require them to be non-profit organizations. The press releases from the Senator's office notes the demise or drastic reduction in publishing frequency of a number of newspapers. These include the now Web-only Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Rocky Mountain News, the Baltimore Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle. A number of these are well-respected publications with long histories and they have, like a number of smaller papers, either ceased daily publication or ceased entirely.