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COVID-19 is “a nearly perfect weapon against alternative weeklies.” In dozens of cities, papers are asking for donations, laying off staff, or abandoning print as social distancing dries up their revenue streams.
Alt-weeklies’ revenues are disproportionately tied to locals gathering together in groups — at concerts, bars, restaurants, and other events and places where people stand less than six feet apart.
It’s exploring how to get more people to care about local government, while trying to make enough money to build on the types of coverage that get residents interested and involved.