Two of the three largest newspapers affiliated with religious organizations, the (Salt Lake) Deseret News and the Washington Times, appeared to be making sweeping changes this week.
The Deseret News, owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced that it is cutting its staff roughly in half.
Half a continent away, there were reports that the Washington Times will be sold to investors loyal to the Rev. Sun Myung Moon — for one dollar. [The group of Moon associates currently running the paper were apparently unwilling to keep subsidizing it in perpetuity.]
Meanwhile, in Boston, the daily Christian Science Monitor has transitioned from print to the internet.
A question I’ve been pondering — the U.S. doesn’t have a Catholic paper, a Southern Baptist paper or a United Methodist paper. Why didn’t the nation’s largest religious bodies failed to build daily newspapers of their own?
A second question — The Mormon Church, as far as I can tell, is one of the most successful institutions in America numerically and financially. Why would it make such sharp cuts to its paper when the church, itself, appears to be flourishing?