MM Tribune, Staple of Community, Shuts Down Seven Years After Opening
Mufasa, editor-in-chief of the MM Tribune, announced Sunday that the newspaper would be shutting its doors after a rich and lucrative seven years of publishing. Surging editorial costs matched by declining readership placed considerable economic strain upon the publication, sending it into a whirlwind these past several months, Mufasa said.
At the time of its founding in 2011, the MM Tribune promised to "revolutionize" the print media and to uncover MM's most pressing stories. Its opening followed on the heels of the shuttering of an earlier newspaper, founded by former forum member DI, which was criticized for producing sensationalized content and stirring gossip among members.
"This newspaper will revolutionize the nature of print media...with digital media," DI, the former editor-in-chief, noted upon hearing about the MM Tribune in 2011.
From its beginnings, the newspaper struggled to find stories to cover. Editors and readers complained that much of the newspaper revolved around covering the very existence of the newspaper itself. "An MM newspaper seems pointless," commented one member at the time of its founding.
Other members, however, expressed regret at seeing the newspaper close its doors. "It's sad to think that sharp journalism, asking those questions that need to be asked, is disappearing on MM," said a member who requested anonymity for fear of repercussions.