The Baltimore Sun Media Group has announced plans to close City Paper later this year.

“Like many alternative weeklies across the country, declining ad revenue at City Paper continues to be a challenge,” BSMG’s director of marketing, Renee Mutchnik, said in a statement that was reported July 7 in The Sun. “It became clear to us this past fall that we would cease publishing City Paper sometime in 2017. Details about the closing date are still being discussed. This is a difficult decision and we are mindful of how it affects our employees, the readers and advertisers.”

According to a story in The Sun and City Paper, “City Paper editor Brandon Soderberg offered the following: ‘This is Brandon Soderberg, City Paper editor reporting live from the deck of the Titanic. Yes, we’re being closed by BSMG/Tronc/and so on. We were told this news last month and there isn’t a clear date but what we’ve been told is no later than the end of the year. We were trying to hold off announcing it because, well, it’s very sad, but also because I’m not sure about how this is all going to play out and I’m half-convinced this won’t be the end of the paper and someone will swoop in and buy us.’”

About The Author

Jeffrey A. Davis, APR has more than 25 years of news media and national public relations experience and is Managing Director of the Baltimore office of Van Eperen. A PRSA Maryland chapter board member, he also serves as Baltimore regional editor for the Capitol Communicator and is co-host of two podcasts: "Launch Podcast: Stories About Start-Ups" and "Practically Social: The Jeff and Charlie Show."

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