Atlanta Daily Moves to Suburbs

Metropolitan Atlanta's main daily newspaper has pinned its hopes for survival on suburbia, decamping from downtown to the city's northern suburbs and in the process shedding its urban identity.

After years of declining circulation, the Atlanta metropolitan area's main newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, has not only moved to suburban Dunwoody but sought to focus its coverage on the northern suburbs, deemphasizing not only the city of Atlanta but southside suburbs as well. Reporters are now discouraged from using the term "sprawl" because such language might seem to pass judgment on the suburban way of life.

Scott Henry writes, "Decamping for the suburbs was only the most visible sign of the AJC's current strategy for long-term survival in an age of print-journalism decay. It's a strategy that calls for the AJC to effectively transform itself into the hometown paper not for a booming urban metropolis but, rather, for Atlanta's more homogenous, conservative northern neighbors."

Thanks to Michael Lewyn

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