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Giving Up the Old College Tie?

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Giving Up the Old College Tie?

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Missouri paper refutes report

A veteran publisher who served briefly as the general manager of the Columbia Missourian says the unique daily -- which competes as a community paper while serving as a laboratory for the University of Missouri's prestigious School of Journalism -- is failing financially. But the j-school's dean described the ex-G.M.'s report as "bizarre."

The newspaper is "living on borrowed time," W. Edward Wendover, the retired publisher of the Community Crier newspapers in suburban Detroit, wrote in a report released last week. Wendover, Missourian general manager officially from February to July, says the Missourian share of local newspaper display advertisers has shrunk to about 11%; that in the last three years it has lost supermarket business worth $400,000 annually; and that the paper will require "rapidly rising subsidies," with the "laboratory support fees" the j-school pays to the paper in danger of rising to $500,000 or more annually. …

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