Philadelphia is a city in love with local news, which is one reason why the market continues to inspire new digital products focused on the region’s sports, culture and civic life.

It’s also a big part of why media watchers are so fascinated by the chaos at Interstate General Media, owner of the Philadelphia Daily News and The Philadelphia Inquirer. The uncertain future of the city’s two major newspapers is interesting, but so are the market’s broader dynamics. The stakes are high and the players are plentiful; and, if history is any guide, what happens in Philly could hint at what’s to come in other metropolitan areas.

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