Et tu, Southland Publishing?! LA City Beat Bites the Big One

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.

5 Replies to “Et tu, Southland Publishing?! LA City Beat Bites the Big One”

  1. Losing these small hyper local papers worries more than losing the LA Times. They were the “feet in the street” really giving us the scoop on what hits us directly. In my not so humble opinion they often did a better job at neighborhood and issue coverage than the Times. Very sad indeed.

  2. Sad news, indeed. I have no business sense whatsoever and have no clue what print media needs to do to survive. I hope someone out there does though. It’s so tough though when just about anyone can open their cell phone and scan headlines, look up events, restaurants, etc.

  3. News outlets need to recognize and emphasize why print remains valuable, if it still does.

    If people aren’t picking up the free paper anymore, they need to figure out why.

    For me, I stopped getting the LA Weekly on a regular basis after they discontinued the crossword puzzle. And usually, when I grabbed the LA Weekly, I also picked up City Beat.

    While only a small part of the equation, I do think stuff like crosswords, comic strips, and coupons, are all things that make grabbing paper more useful than skimming the news on the web. These are the only reasons I largely keep the LA Times subscription.

    Weeklies, however, keep sacrificing some of these elements, and seem to think good journalism will be what keeps them going… for better or worse, I would prefer to just read this stuff online.

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