The Utah Newspaper Project is an organization of readers and journalists concerned about threats to The Salt Lake Tribune's future under the 2013 "Joint Operating Agreement" with the Deseret News. Changes to the Tribune's operational and financial structure under that JOA herald an intolerable consolidation of news media control in Utah’s unique marketplace of ideas, leaving residents with fewer sources of independent news and viewpoints.
For nearly 65 years, the Tribune and the LDS Church-owned Deseret News have shared business operations under a limited exemption to federal antitrust law provided by the Newspaper Preservation Act. But in 2013 the Deseret News paid up to $25 million to the Tribune's New York owner for new partnership terms that endanger Utah's dominant independent journalistic voice. Their deal violates not only federal law of antitrust, but also the local community's trust.
The Utah Newspaper Project dba Citizens for Two Voices has worked for more than two years to raise awareness of that deal and to lobby (successfully) for a U.S. Justice Department investigation into it. In June of 2014, we took the extraordinary step of filing a public-interest antitrust lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeking a judicial declaration of the deal's illegality under the Sherman and Clayton Antitrust acts.
While many former Tribune employees are counted as supporters of Utah Newspaper Project, the organization is not affiliated with the paper or its New York-based owner. Utah Newspaper Project (dba Citizens for Two Voices) is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a Charitable Solicitations Permit issued by the state of Utah. Its board members are Joan O'Brien, Patty Henetz, Ted McDonough, Harry Fuller and Janet Goldstein.
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