The Future of Print

‘Tucson Citizen’ to Close Saturday — After 138 Years

Posted in Doom, Stop the presses by futureofprint on March 16, 2009

For nearly 140 years, the Tucson Citizen has told the stories of Southern Arizona, but on Saturday, March 21, the state’s oldest newspaper will tell its last — its own.

Gannett Co. Inc., the nation’s largest newspaper publisher, announced in January it would close the Citizen if it didn’t find a buyer for certain assets. Robert J. Dickey, president of Gannett’s U.S. Community Publishing, said the paper was losing money and was a drain on Gannett operations.

The Citizen becomes the latest casualty of a newspaper industry struggling to survive despite the tough economy, dwindling advertising revenues and Internet competition. The battle has been especially tough in two-newspaper towns.

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