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Albuquerque Civic Group Looks to Start Newspaper

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Albuquerque Civic Group Looks to Start Newspaper

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A citizens group formed to prevent the closure of the Albuquerque Tribune is shifting its focus to launching its own print and Web newspaper.

Friends of the Albuquerque Tribune (FOAT) was created in the literal last days of the paper, which was shuttered by E.W. Scripps on Feb. 23. The paper had sought a buyer for the circulation-losing evening paper since August, and folded it when sales negotiations with two local businessmen fell apart.

FOAT President Ted Cloak, a retired computer analyst for the University of New Mexico, said the group is looking into the possibility of starting a weekly print paper that would be a "bridge" to a "24/7 Web newspaper."

"We're going to try to get it going because we think it's important to keep people alert to what's going on," Cloak said in a telephone interview Monday. "We might do a survey find out what people really miss about the Tribune."

FOAT's first public meeting attracted "several dozen" members of the public, and Cloak said he believes there might be wide community support for a second paper. The problem, he adds, is that most people in Albuquerque aren't aware of FOAT's efforts.

The Tribune had been in a joint operating agreement (JOA) with the much bigger Albuquerque Journal that had an expiration date in 2022. …

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