This journalism, which can be read as tearful laments, is also powerful in that it highlights the increasingly anomalous position of the Newhouse-owned chain.

In an email this morning, Grzegorek says that while the post didn’t get much attention outside Cleveland, “it’s done bonkers traffic for our site and has been really well-received here in town.”

Advance presses on, but its isolation grows.


Dean Starkman Dean Starkman runs The Audit, CJR's business section, and is the author of The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism (Columbia University Press, January 2014).

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