Dear Save Our Sun Supporters:
We wanted to give you an update on what we have accomplished in the first six months of our campaign to return The Baltimore Sun to local ownership.
In late April, we launched Save Our Sun with a petition drive. More than 7,000 of you signed the petition, including Cal Ripken, Mayor Jack Young, BSO conductor Marin Alsop, and many other notable Marylanders. We sent the petition to the Tribune Board of Directors
the day before its annual meeting in May to highlight the depth of community support for local ownership. Both U.S. Senators, two members of Congress, and 55 state legislators wrote to the company as well.
Since then, local civic and foundation leaders have been in direct contact with Tribune’s management about a possible sale of the paper. They have indicated there is broad and well-resourced support from Baltimore’s philanthropic and business communities
to restore local ownership to The Sun.
Extensive talks also have occurred and are ongoing with stakeholders in other Tribune markets interested in restoring local ownership to their hometown newspapers.
Our campaign became a model for other Tribune papers. In a sweeping vote of no confidence in company leadership, Tribune journalists in seven cities launched their own campaigns in early July to find local investors to buy back their papers. The NewsGuild continues
The coronavirus pandemic has only increased the financial pressures on local newspapers. Dozens of small papers have shut down, and 30,000 journalists have been laid off, furloughed or had their pay cut, including employees of the Baltimore Sun Media Group.
Efforts to halt this decline are emerging, and we are working with national advocates who would like to see large newspaper chains broken up and federal and state legislation passed to provide tax incentives for chains to sell their papers.
Tribune Publishing Corp. is still profitable. It has virtually no debt and $80 million in cash on hand. Yet, recently, it announced that it will close offices in Orlando, Allentown, New York City, Annapolis and Westminster. The Annapolis Capital, which suffered
the unspeakable loss of five colleagues in 2018, had just settled into newly leased space in Annapolis. Now, those reporters will work out of Baltimore Sun offices in Port Covington, 30 miles from the city they cover. Alden Capital, a hedge fund which owns
a third of the company, is clearly carrying out its plan to slash costs to reap greater profits even during a pandemic.
What can you do? Please keep raising the issue with friends, neighbors and colleagues. Explain what is happening to local journalism. We also ask that you keep subscribing to all The Baltimore Sun Media Group papers to support the work of the journalists, pressmen,
advertising sales representatives, mailers and truck drivers, in all, some 400 jobs in Baltimore.
In addition to spreading the word, you can also click the button below to post a digital postcard on social media or download a printable postcard that can be sent via U.S. Postal Service directly to Terry Jimenez, CEO of Tribune Publishing. See the instructions
We want to thank the Maryland community for its warm embrace of this movement. Some of you have contacted us offering your expertise, and we are grateful. Attorney Tom Coale has given us pro bono legal advice and KO Public Affairs has provided its services
for free since early July. We are also indebted to The Sun alumni for their behind the scenes work.
Not every city loves its newspaper, but it is clear Baltimore does.
The leaders of the Save Our Sun Campaign
Send a postcard to Tribune CEO Terry Jimenez
Help us show your support for your local journalists by sharing a digital postcard on social media or printing a postcard to be mailed.
Tell Tribune why preserving local news is important to you!
1) Click the button below to access the postcard.
2) Download your postcard.
3) Save the postcard to your computer as a jpg or png file OR take a screenshot.
4) Post the image on your social media account(s), and be sure to tag @tribpub and @saveoursun use #savelocalnews and #saveoursun OR print your postcard out and send via U.S. Postal Service
5) You’re done!