The most feared owner in American journalism looks set to take some of its greatest assets

Journalists at the Chicago Tribune have resorted to begging for new owners, the Times reported. Some editors have already left. The union launched an ultimately failed campaign to attempt to unseat Alden’s board members. Many reporters have been furloughed—a difficult outcome that was itself a hard-won concession by the union.

Tribune––which analysts and union officials believe is already acting under Alden’s influence, though Freeman denies this in his letter––had tried to implement even heavier cuts. “What I can expect in the next few months and for the rest of the year,” Chicago Tribune Guild president and courts reporter for the paper, Megan Crepeau, says, “is a strong newsroom, a united front, because now we know exactly the kind of dirty tricks and exactly the kind of ways that they want to gut us.”

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