Baltimore Sun deal sets up major test for nonprofit news model

Baltimore (AFP) – After years of staff cuts, shrinking budgets and declining readership, the Baltimore Sun finally has some good news to report about itself: a deal for a new nonprofit group to take over, and potentially revive the struggling newspaper. The plan unveiled in February comes in response to an extraordinary movement — supported by civic and business leaders, sports figures, journalists and others — to rescue the 184-year-old newspaper and bring it back to local ownership. The nonprofit Sunlight for All Institute, led by businessman Stewart Bainum, struck the tentative deal to ac…

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