If the Chicago Reader goes, that would double suck.
I am going to start clicking like mad on all you guys's online ads. Like. Mad.
Creative Loafing has gutted the content of the DC and Chicago papers-comics, columns, etc. Historically, they have run sunbelt papers that do little investigative reporting and which pull punches locally. The DC and Chicago papers historically, have been more like real alt weeklies.
The papers never should have sold, at least not to Creative Loafing, which not long ago went through an acrimonious family fight and really could not take on the debt that camewith this acquisition. The head of Creative Loafing is a platitude spewing mediocrity, who fit the profile of the papers quite well. He and his siblings wrested control from their mother who was more visionary, but apparently a piece of work.
What #3 said. Creative Loafing is no great loss.
I've lived in DC since 2001. Pre-CL City Paper versus post-CL City Paper is not even close: Creative Loafing virtually destroyed DC's alt weekly (Chicago's too, from what I've heard).
It was terrible to watch. Cut backs, redesign, and now cover stories that read like blog posts when the paper used to do pretty great long-form stuff journalism.
i've been in d.c. 2 yrs, so i can't compare pre- and post- creative loafing, but the current d.c. city paper is the worst alt weekly i've ever read. all whiney fluff pieces.
Maybe this will make room for real alternative papers in those areas.
DC has many weeklies, but in different molds from City paper--neighborhood fouced or population focused like the Blade and the bar-rag Metro. Perhaps, one of these could cscale up and take the City Paper's place. The Blade is already owned by another Atlanta operation--one associated with the laothsome Chris Crain. The best thing that could happen would be for local papers to have locla owners again.
Agreed. And outside of CL coming in, I'm just not sure what happened. Resources are resources, but damn, it's not like the staff writers are pumping out short copy every issue. Go find a good story.
It didn't always used to be that way.
Yesterday, Arizona's third largest newspaper, the East Valley Tribune, which serves Mesa, Scottsdale and Tempe, cut 40% of its staff, and announced it would only publish 4 days a week. Also, it will now be free in print.
YIPE! Nooooo! Not the READER! Holy Shit! *breathe* Okay, the Reader has sucked since they took it over - NEXT!
Um, how are the Stranger's finances looking?
If anyone wants to bother clicking the link, the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Tim Redmond offers an explanation for why the Reader sold itself to Creative Loafing in the first place.
So, with that said, I prefer having a Reader that is a shadow of itself to the "Chicago New Times."
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