Disappearing Public Newspaper Companies Were a Thriving Group Not So Long Ago

Remember when there were 14 publicly traded newspaper companies, independent or family-controlled, a number run by journalists? I do. That’s how many I encountered at my first New York City media investors conference in December 2001.

A short stroll down memory lane seems in order this week because two of the remaining public companies — with 40 metro and regional dailies between them — could effectively pass into private hedge fund control as soon as Wednesday.

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