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Will in Seattle 1
So only the Stranger will be from Seattle?
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on January 9, 2013 at 10:44 AM · Report this
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Is the Puget Sound Business Journal now Seattle's Second Best Newspaper?

Who will publish helpful dating advice from a quirky up-beat serially-monogamous lady? What will John Rodderick do now for his mad-money?
Posted by six shooter on January 9, 2013 at 11:07 AM · Report this
deadrose 3
Joy. I've seen what they've done to other papers.
Posted by deadrose on January 9, 2013 at 11:08 AM · Report this
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I don't think the characterization of "Sound Publishing's other papers, which are light on coverage and serve overwhelmingly as advertisement vessels," is accurate.
Our local paper on Vashon (the Beachcomber) is a solid source of local news, much more than an advertising vehicle. The fine editor says Sound Publishing supports her in doing real reporting, as long as the paper makes a profit. The Beachcomber is a far better paper than the Seattle Weekly has been in recent years.

This sale could lead to the Weekly getting better, giving the Stranger some competition. That would be a good thing, since Seattle no longer has an effective daily paper. No guarantee, natch: Sound Publishing has a lot of papers and some of then are thin, but with a good editor it could go the other way.
Posted by MsBoyer on January 9, 2013 at 11:17 AM · Report this
Zebes 5
"Black Press operates more than 170 newspapers in western Canada and Washington in addition to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal."
"Sound Publishing, the state's largest community news organization...."

I just love it when they emphasize the size and scope of these owning corporations. I don't know about the rest of you, but I think it's great when media gets consolidated under a single company, and seeing big numbers and huge adjectives- the lartest! The mostest! The spendiest!- gets me all excited.
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on January 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM · Report this
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#4 lol the beachcomber
Posted by ian on January 9, 2013 at 11:31 AM · Report this
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Um... Seattle's daily newspaper is the Seattle Times. Also as a reporter for one of the Eastside Sound Publishing newspapers, I can confidently tell you that covering hard news is top priority. Before you base your opinion off of the Sound Publishing newspapers, look at more than just one for more than one week and I believe you will be pleasantly surprised. Green editions are available on all of the newspaper's websites.
Posted by SPreporter on January 9, 2013 at 11:33 AM · Report this
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In response to a comment, Seattle's daily newspaper is the Seattle Times.

Also, as a reporter for one of the Eastside Sound Publishing newspapers, I can confidently tell you that covering hard news is top priority. Before you base your opinion off of the Sound Publishing newspapers, look at more than just one for more than one week and I believe you will be pleasantly surprised. Green editions are available on all of the newspaper's websites.
Posted by SPreporter on January 9, 2013 at 11:34 AM · Report this
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As a reporter, you are pretty sloppy, SPreporter.
Posted by sarah70 on January 9, 2013 at 11:38 AM · Report this
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Righto; Seattle has a daily newspaper, but lacks an effective one. The Seattle Times has been sadly diminished since it lost its main competitor, and the publisher's decision to use the paper as a vehicle for the McKenna campaign makes it impossible to take seriously as journalism. It's tragic to wreck a once-great daily paper, but that happened. Come to think of it, the Weekly was a good paper too, in 1982.
Posted by MsBoyer on January 9, 2013 at 12:17 PM · Report this
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Report enough rumors and one of them will be true, Dom.
Posted by bigyaz on January 9, 2013 at 12:17 PM · Report this
treacle 12
Seely is a tool. I mean that quite literally.

If Ms. Fletcher has her wherewithal about her, she'll reverse the extensive damage done by "VVM" when they purchased the Weekly in 2005-6, and dispense with Mike "I like cat shows and Cosby sweaters as cover stories" Seely.

It's probably far too late to recover the good reporters and editors they lost in the original buyout, but I'm sure there's some hungry and astute young talent out there that could turn the Weekly around from the sham it was reformatted into.
Posted by treacle on January 9, 2013 at 12:23 PM · Report this
Porter Melmoth 13
If the Stranger ever goes the route of the Village Voice, the LA Weekly, and Time Out, (not to mention the Berkeley Barb), I'm getting out my mimeograph machine and I'll do this stuff MYSELF.
Posted by Porter Melmoth http://yakkingmelmoth.blogspot.com/ on January 9, 2013 at 12:40 PM · Report this
Porter Melmoth 14
...Not only is the corporate-ization of such takeovers over-obvious, it's also part of what I call the Blanding of America - and other Late Empire behaviors.

Posted by Porter Melmoth http://yakkingmelmoth.blogspot.com/ on January 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM · Report this
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Trying to figure out which of these is the greater evil here: Village Voice Media (who owned Seattle Weekly previously) or seemingly regional Black Press/Sound Media? Village Voice seemed like a bit of a sluggish beast, and you could see the writing in the Weekly start turning toward list-making clickbait versus actual content. Here's hoping new ownership means less of that and more actual voice.
Posted by Casual_Observer on January 9, 2013 at 12:55 PM · Report this
kitschnsync 16
Journalism in Seattle is in a sorry state. We have a corporate news organization (the Seattle Times), a sensationalist news organization (the Stranger), and the Weekly, which is a bit of a blend.

Want to help? Donate to Crosscut.

Crosscut was started by the same guy who started the Weekly (which actually used to be respected as a news source), David Brewster. Crosscut is non-profit, so it's not beholden to corporate interests. It's also not prone to posting salacious headlines and gleeful bias that drive controversy and pageviews.

The online, non-profit model is our best hope to save journalism. Crosscut isn't great, but it's all we've really got.
Posted by kitschnsync on January 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM · Report this
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I really hope this doesn't mean death to the whole maryjane spread of advertising and column. That would just be wrong.
Posted by Wedgwood99 on January 9, 2013 at 1:08 PM · Report this
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Gloria Fletcher wrote, "delivering unique and relevant content." Blech. Someone who refers to journalism as such doesn't give me much confidence in the likelihood of her newspaper moving in a positive direction.

See also: FSF: words to avoid: content
Posted by Phil M http://https://twitter.com/pmocek on January 9, 2013 at 2:30 PM · Report this
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Black Press and Sound Publishing are not interested in anything but whittling Seattle Weekly down to a 4 page wrapper for your Target and Fred Meyer ads
Posted by I work there. on January 9, 2013 at 2:49 PM · Report this
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So could this mean a return of the Eastside Weekly we had for a short time back in the 90's?
Posted by Lack Thereof on January 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM · Report this
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You gotta admit that the Seattle Weekly has been one boring paper.
Posted by hitchcock on January 9, 2013 at 10:20 PM · Report this
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Seattle Weekly has been nothing but a commercial carrier of advertisements for a number of years. Their "arts coverage" has been laughable. The idea of losing still one more source of media in Seattle is tragic, but this particular publication does not qualify for such a role/
Posted by Beth Sellars on January 9, 2013 at 10:43 PM · Report this
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SF Weekly isn't exactly an attractive property, either. According to testimony in an anti-trust lawsuit filed, and won, by the SF Bay Guardian a few years back, SF Weekly was bleeding cash like a jugular caught in a guillotine, which was, allegedly, the motive in trying to drive the Guardian out of business and get a monopoly on alt-weekly advertising. Didn't work, and the Guardian was awarded millions upon millions of dollars. Smart money says that Black got SF Weekly and Seattle Weekly, rumored to be the Voice chain's poorest performers, for nothing aside from assuming any outstanding debt, which might or might not include a share of damages from the Guardian case.

Would be interesting to know whether the damage award from the Guardian case was the death knell for Voice newspapers, the proverbial straw that forced the prior owners to give up journalism in favor of mega-profitable online sex ads aka backpage. If so, that's a tragedy. You can say a lot about Village Voice, and plenty of folks have, but the papers, including Seattle Weekly, did some outstanding journalism in their day. No longer. With just two staff writers left and all the best ones (Rick Anderson being Exhibit A) getting laid off because they became unaffordable, SW's best days are likely long gone, and no one should be happy about that.

We've seen this many, many times before: Business on the brink of bankruptcy sheds costs to balance the books to attract a new owner, who then cuts costs even more to squeeze out more profit, and when there is no profit left to be squeezed, the business shuts down and the owner walks away richer than before. That, I suspect, is what will happen to SW now. Either that or it will become a shopper, entirely irrelevant in terms of public discourse.

Finally, Seattle should consider itself extremely fortunate to have a weekly and a daily that are locally owned and privately held. Corporations and journalism do not mix well, as anyone who lives in a town where the likes of Gannett owns the daily paper can testify.
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Posted by justwatching on January 11, 2013 at 7:54 AM · Report this

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