Hedge Funds Are Destroying Democracy One Newsroom at a Time

A sign of the Times: The neon sign from the historic Pekin Daily Times building was moved to a former appliance store, where the paper briefly relocated after the chain’s hedge fund sold the building where it had been produced for more than 100 years. Update: The paper is no longer produced in Pekin. Photo by Michelle Teheux

I was 18 when I first walked into a newsroom. There was a gritty smell to a newsroom in those days, and if you didn’t witness it then, you’ve missed it. It’s the scent of vats of ink. Enormous rolls of pulpy paper. Burnt coffee in dirty cups. The ghosts of cigarettes past, and of cigarettes still burning. We’d set them in silvery ashtrays made by bending down the edge of a bulk film…

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Michelle Teheux

Michelle Teheux

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Lover of literature. Editor of Minds Without Borders. Former newspaper editor. Fascinated by everything. Contact at michelleteheux@gmail.com.