Correction: The text of this article was changed to reflect the fact that the Sun amended an existing joint operating agreement with the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2005; it did not strike a new agreement at that time.

Cristine Russell is a CJR contributing editor and the president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and a senior fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She is a former Shorenstein Center fellow and Washington Post reporter.