这已经不是什么秘密报纸落在艰难的时刻现在。当地的报纸，但一个是挣扎的境地 - 而且，坦率地说，这是可悲的。
在过去的几年中，芝加哥论坛报通过两轮自愿搬迁建筑和Wents 收购。奥尔登全球资本，对冲基金收购论坛报出版的32％ - 出版公司拥有芝加哥论坛报其中 - 在十一月和最新一轮参团收购的。
Things managed to get even worse Feb. 3 when Tim Knight, president and chief executive officer of Tribune Publishing, stepped down and left the Tribune one step closer to “the apocalypse,” as one local media columnist 写.
这是一件事谈论挣扎报纸。但发生的事情在论坛不仅仅是一个粗略的补丁更多 - 这就是为什么人们，不只是记者，需要注意。
These journalists are doing the rest of us a public service through their reporting. Just recently, Tribune reporter Jennifer Smith Richards teamed up with ProPublica 报告ers Jodi Cohen and Lakeidra Davis in 调查 进用隐居在伊利诺伊州学校的一种惩罚。调查导致 作证教育工作者立法者 希望禁止这种做法。
The Tribune has been a staple of not only the city of 芝加哥, but the nation since 1847, becoming one of the most iconic and respected publications in the business. In total, the Tribune has written about 36 U.S. presidents, covered every Major League Baseball World Series and pre-dates our own university’s inception.
论坛报专栏作家玛丽·施米奇写了一篇文章 （分解）。五 addressed to whoever the next owner would be and said “we need you,” pleading the potential owner to take reporters’ concerns seriously. Two Tribune investigative 报告ers — 大卫 Jackson and Gary Marx — went a step further and 写 an 舆论一片 在纽约时报发生的事情在讲坛。
“In a signal of what may happen in 芝加哥, on Jan. 13, we and other newsroom staff members were offered 收购,” Jackson and Marx 写. “现在，我们正在准备迎接眼前的同事与他们的武器和眼泪顺着他们的脸纸箱走出了几十年的经验。”
That’s a very bold step, and it also shows how bad things really are. They’re asking for public support in order to keep their cause going. It’s nothing short of a cry for help. These 报告ers need our support.
在全国报纸流通一直在下降，因为一般在90年代中期，根据 报告 by the Pew Research Center. 新闻papers have taken a big hit since the popularization of smartphones, and the Tribune — which was traditionally a national newspaper — has shifted focus toward more local stories.
As staff abandon ship and take 收购, leaving the Tribune, the cut in staff leads to less diversity and fewer perspectives in the newsroom. The stories which depend on local publications like the Tribune deserve the full attention of its faculty and this may cause other equally important stories to fly under the radar.
The Tribune has 报告ed on countless crimes, both local and national. From exposing rapes and assaults inside nursing homes to uncovering rampant corruption at the highest levels of Illinois government, which Jackson and Marx spell out in their New York Times 舆论一片.
Buying subscriptions to newspapers like the Tribune not only supports these institutions to continue putting out good 报告ing, but it keeps readers up to date with current events on a national and local scale. Keep your eye out for student deals for subscriptions or just bite the bullet and pay the not-so-expensive subscription fee. It’s a small thing to trade for the vital information brought to us by local news outlets.
As students, we’re preparing to jump head-first into the real world, where the issues the Tribune and other newspapers 报告 on are even more important. So instead of waiting until it’s too late, students should care now.