Over the past decade, a new media baron has emerged, very different from the publishers that preceded them.The rise of this new media baron coincides with immense disruption in newspaper industry. With profits and readership declining dramatically, newspaper publishers are grappling with an uncertain future, and many worry about their paper’s long-term survival. As a result, many smaller cities and towns could lose their local newspapers and with them the reliable news and information essential to a community’s quality of life and democratic institutions. The prospect of “news deserts’’ emerging across entire regions of the country would have significant political, social and economic consequences. More information about this report can be found at www.NewspaperOwnership.com.