Daily Beast: Newspapers Become Lobbyists as They Try to Save Their Industry From Trump’s Tariffs

Brandon Cox, an editor and publisher based in Scottsboro, Alabama is watching, in real time, the destruction of his newsrooms.

To print the Jackson County Sentinel and nine other community papers in the region, he needs about 450 tons of newsprint per year. In the last few months, the cost per ton has gone up by more than $250, from $550 to $800, meaning Cox is facing a roughly hundred-thousand-dollar annual hike in his annual operating expenses. To meet that cost, his papers have reduced page counts, run smaller photos, and scaled back distribution from five days a week to three days a week.

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