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A Tale of Two Papers


In October, the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News renegotiated terms of the joint operating agreement that has helped both papers weather tough times, together, for more than 60 years. The U.S. Department of Justice recently confirmed it is investigating that deal and looking into claims that the agreement may weaken the Tribune and ultimately lead to its demise. Monday, we’re examining what’s at stake in this controversy, who’s behind it, and how it could alter Utah’s media landscape.


  • Terry Orme, Salt Lake Tribune.
  • Joan O'Brien, former Tribune reporter and editor, founder of the Utah Newspaper Project

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