Hat tip to the charming Mr. Behrens at LAist for tipping me off to this, and it’s a mark of how thoroughly I’ve been sucked into the world of big corporate media that I hadn’t heard rumblings of this coming for weeks.
Now I did work at their competition for a while–The LA Alternative Press–but I had a soft spot in my heart for LA City Beat, the little local upstart who, while it was owned by a large parent company itself, attempted to take on the better (slightly) bankrolled and more established LA Weekly. And I happily penned a number of articles for Pasadena Weekly deputy editor Joe Piasecki, also owned by Southland Publishing (will the P-Weekly disappear too?).
Rest in peace, wee paper. As print draws out its death scene, milking every agonizing second for all its worth, I shed a tear for ye.
Readers, does anyone see a way for print to survive? Let’s stop lamenting the sackings & closings, and start figuring out if there’s a winning business model to keep print….printing.