TIME: Only You Have the Power to Save Your Local News from Corporate Vultures

By ROB BYERS

I don’t know Chuck Plunkett, the editorial page editor of the Denver Post. But if we ever cross paths, I’d sure like to buy him a beer.

Plunkett did something that all journalists love: He stood up for what he believes. He played David to the Goliaths at Alden Global Capital in New York. The big difference in this tale, though, is that these Goliaths sign his paycheck.

Alden is the hedge fund that owns Digital First Media, which operates the Post and is one of America’s largest newspaper chains. Rather than cultivating a reputation for hard-hitting news, Alden has become known for layoffs.

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