On November 2, Oakland will join the ranks of Denver, Tucson, Cincinnati and Seattle as a large metropolitan city that has lost at least one daily newspaper. According to the official blog of the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, the Oakland Tribune will be “rebranded” as the East Bay Tribune. The rebranding process also includes folding in The Fremont Argus, the Alameda Times-Star, the Hayward Daily Review and the West County Times. All of these papers are owned by the Bay Area News Group.
When a city loses its newspaper, sometimes it’s incorporated into a larger media group, as is the case with the Oakland Tribune. Other times, a newspaper can go on to exist solely as an online entity. Such is the case with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which ended publication in March of 2009. The Rocky Mountain News, one of Denver’s daily newspapers, has kept their news website online strictly as a memorial for the print edition.