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Do Local Printed Newspapers Still Matter?

Joel Meyer

Earlier this week, Utah’s two leading newspapers, The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News, announced historic changes that include the end of daily paper delivery and the break-up of their decades-long print collaboration.

According to one prominent industry observer, these are “big changes.” The end of print newspapers has been predicted for years, and as advertising revenue and subscriptions rates have diminished, so too has the size of the newspaper. More and more these days, readers get their news online. The Tribune and Deseret News both say these changes align their operations with where the readers and the money are going. This Friday at 11 a.m., we’ll ask what impact these changes could have on the communities the papers serve.


Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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