Hard truth at papers across America: hedge funds are in charge

MICHAEL REED, CEO of New Media, owner of the Providence Journal, said he company has cut highly paid but unproductive reporters while asking the remaining reporters to write more articles. Reed said the company's downsizing of newsroom staff at papers it acquires is not driven by profit motives. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD
MICHAEL REED, CEO of New Media Investment Group, owner of the Providence Journal, said the company has cut highly paid but unproductive reporters while asking the remaining reporters to write more articles. Reed said the company's downsizing of newsroom staff at papers it acquires is not driven by profit motives. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD
NEW YORK - A group of journalists protesting outside the offices of a New York City hedge fund recently shined a light on a little-known fact about the state of the local American newspaper: Behind the scenes, financial firms often hold all the cards. Investors like Alden Global Capital LLC, Chatham Asset Management LLC and Fortress Investment Group LLC…

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