A nice lift from a relatively new and young voice posted yesterday on the AAN (Association of Alt Newsmedia) site providing a positive spin the future of AltMedia. It’s certainly true, many “alt weeklies” are now providing content all the time, and have moved beyond simply posting a static version of their print product for aging hipsters to view. If all the independently published papers we’re doing all the great things mentioned in this article, they will likely be the ones standing after the dust settles (paraphrased from SF Reporter editor in the article) in each of their respective markets.
Check out the author of the article, Christina Cauterruci’s video interviews from AAN 2013 conference in Miami here.
By Mark Hanzlik, AWN Executive Director
There was no official press release from Southland Publishing, Inc. confirming the closure of Inland Empire Weekly on January 30. The 8-year-old alternative weekly quietly published their final issue with a colorful cover story about Pink Martini, the wildly diverse Portland-based band.
IE Weekly with 30,000 distribution had served a large geographic area (San Bernardino-Riverside-Ontario metro area) with nearly 3.8 million residents. Publisher Jeremy Zachary commented briefly before the final issue hit the streets, citing lack of advertising revenue as the main reason for IEW‘s demise.
Zachary and Managing Editor Rich Kane started the alt weekly in 2006, but quickly sold the newspaper to Southland Publishing, Inc. which at the time published four other alt weeklies including LA CityBeat and four monthly magazines. IEW was based in Corona, California where Zachary continues as publisher of Culture, a monthly magazine covering entertainment and lifestyle in the medical cannabis community.
Southland Publishing, Inc. currently publishes four weekly newspapers; Pasadena Weekly, Ventura County Reporter, The Argonaut and San Diego CityBeat. They also publish three monthly magazines; Arroyo Monthly, Ventana Monthly and So. California Life After 50.