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In a recent contribution to Columbia Journalism Review,  Joel Campbell, an associate professor in the Department of Communications shared his insights on the downsizing of  The Salt Lake Tribune and its potential impact on accountability journalism in Utah.  Campbell is currently CJR’s correspondent for Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona.


“In 1995, James ‘Jay’ Shelledy, then the editor of The Salt Lake Tribune, started a newsstand and billboard campaign asking people to ‘Think of Utah Without It’—’it’ being the Tribune. The campaign was ostensibly in response to the newspaper strike unfolding at the time in Detroit, but it was also meant to emphasize the independence and singular journalistic role of the Tribune in Utah.

Eighteen years later, recalling that statement is enough to send a chill down the spine of Utah’s journalism community. We’re not close to being without the Tribune, but we’re closer than we’d like.”

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