For 3 big Alabama newspapers, the presses are grinding to a halt


It's gotten harder to find a sidewalk newspaper box to buy a copy of The Birmingham News, but you can find the latest edition at the public library downtown.

Sherrel Wheeler Stewart pulls a food stain-splattered copy hanging from a spindle.

"A lot of people read it," she says. "Look at this spaghetti sauce."

Stewart is a former editor and reporter who spent nearly two decades working for the newspaper, and she has fond memories.

"The front page used to be that place that was, I guess you could say, sacred," Stewart says. "To pick up that Sunday paper, open it up and see your name at the top ... it was just special."

But holding that Sunday paper will soon be a bygone thing.

Big loss for Birmingham

The Alabama Media Group says that after Feb. 26, 2023, one last Sunday, it will permanently stop the presses for The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times and Mobile's Press-Register. The company had already curtailed publishing from daily to three times a week in 2012 — part of a restructuring by parent company Advance Publications that also affected New Orleans' The Times-Picayune.

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