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The 'Seattle Weekly' and 'The Stranger' have long battled one another and established media for a place in Seattle. Poor Seattle Weekly. The embattled Back.

Seattle weekly backpages

Perhaps this will help some of the 13 city weeklies in the Phoenix group to rebound. The outcome is a victory for the mayor, be it noted, who led a national campaign to pressure Back over its alleged role in abetting sexual trafficking of minors. But the fact remains that Back.

Seattle weekly backpages

I remain committed to working with state leaders and mayors across the country to stop Back. I take more than a civic interest in this story, since I was among a small band of journalists and investors who founded Seattle Weekly in The story of those early days, and the saga of this nationwide media experiment in alternative weeklies, might be of interest as the paper reinvents itself one more time.

We missed it terribly when it was shut down inamid the Boeing recession and the toppling Seattle weekly backpages Stimson Bullitt as the idealistic head of the broadcast company. Some of us vowed to revive all this in some new form. The Argus lived off legal for much of its early life, and was a pretty dreadful expression of narrow prejudices until Phil Bailey bought it in the s and made it a lively gadfly, attracting intriguing and irreverent writers such as Emmett Watson, Roger Sale, Murray Morgan as theater criticand Maxine Cushing Gray arts watchdog.

Working at the paper, I learned Seattle weekly backpages much more timely a weekly could be than the monthly rhythm of Seattle Magazine. The third inspiration came from Portland, where Willamette Week still going strong had begun inthe creation of several top editors determined to pull political stories out from under the snoring nose of the Oregonian.

Seattle weekly backpages

If Portland, we reasonably said to ourselves, why not Seattle? And so The Weekly of Metropolitan Seattle its first, cumbersome name was born on March 31,the very same day the Kingdome opened to the public. Note which one died first. Seattle weekly backpages first two modest investors, gold standard types, were Bagley Wright, the notable arts patron, and Jerry Grinstein, a revered political powerbroker.

The good years were the swhen a lot of factors combined to breed city weeklies all over the country, particularly in amenities cities. Weeklies kept cooking up breakthrough publishing ideas, exploiting them until the mainstream media coopted them: personalphone personals, extensive entertainment listings, free distribution.

Seattle weekly backpages

But there was another tide, which eventually swept aside my version of a city weekly. The audience, and the advertising base, shifted from young professionals in their 30s to the youth market in their 20s, more interested in clubs, popular music, sexual liberation, and radical politics. Key national advertisers cigarettes, beer, movies, rock pushed these papers to become younger and more tightly focused. The problem was, we were putting eggs in fewer baskets. Free distribution meant the end of revenues from circulation — Seattle weekly backpages move that prefigured the way mainstream newspapers would lose revenued by offering stories free on the Web.

The youth market meant fewer advertisers for a broader market. And once Craigslist decimated classified advertising, these papers were faced with sharply declining revenues. This Seattle weekly backpages conveniently deterministic, excusing me from my own blunders. Confession time: I lost focus around While other cities ruthlessly beat back upstarts like The Stranger, for fear of dividing the market, we were relaxed.

Seattle weekly backpages

We were diverting resources to things like the books division Sasquatch Books, spun off inand Eastsideweekstarted as a Seattle weekly backpages weekly in I got too old to be a good editor of the free-circulation Seattle Weekly and Seattle weekly backpages about moving on until I had opposed the move to free distribution, and was losing heart in the city-weekly movement. The company had made money, not a lot, for most of its years, but it put all earnings back into the venture.

We took the usual way out of such an impasse and decided to sell the company, with Village Voice owner Leonard Stern then Seattle weekly backpages an expansionist ride purchasing us in Good move for shareholders, for we sold at the top of the market for these soon-troubled weeklies, but bad move in my view for the paper and my fine colleagues. The Voice once was a good paper but it was always a managerial zoo, and Stern shortly afterward lost interest in his journalistic fling, Seattle weekly backpages the Voice empire to a highly leveraged new entity.

The Weekly rapidly went through new editors, new approaches, new des, new publishers. It tried to undersell its rival The Strangerwhich held on gamely. Ironically, the snarky world of blogs had been anticipated by these weeklies, but the massive shift of young people to Web products also made the print versions vulnerable. And then the Voice enterprise hit the wall, selling to its rival group, The New Times of Phoenix, Arizona, with its collection of Sunbelt city weeklies. That created a group of 13 alt-weeklies, beset with legal battles and eking out profits with the crucial help of those lucrative prostitution.

The Phoenix group, led by two swashbuckling renegades, was one of several groups and formulas competing in the gangbuster days of this movement. The formula mostly avoids the topics other media are covering, refuses to endorse candidates, and reflects an alienated, libertarian disdain toward local do-gooders.

An odd formula for Seattle, I should think, though better for the deracinated, mavericky Sunbelt towns like Phoenix and Houston. Another approach, now in disarray after an unwise sale to mismatched new owners, was perfected by the Chicago Reader, and its offspring in D. Long, literary, offbeat stories; exhaustive listings; flood-the-zone arts coverage; and addictive features like Lynda Barry and Straight Dope and Savage Love The Reader was the first to do free distribution with very low ad rates, so it perfected a formula to keep editorial costs low. And there were progressive, reformist, civic sheets in places like Portland, Austin, and Seattle.

Most of these are now very slender versions of their former selves, largely peripheral to the big local debates. One good thing about this attempted reform of American journalism is that there were no chains at first but instead a lot of local experiments, tied to local sensibilities.

Lots of fine writers used the papers as a training ground, finding a voice and a career. I also despair of how few good first-job opportunities there are in journalism today. Mostly, this brave Seattle weekly backpages creative adventure in forging a new journalism fizzled.

Most of us were way undercapitalized. We were so committed to roll-your-own approaches that no clear financial model emerged. Have you noticed, by the way, how few Seattle media properties are locally owned? Seattle weekly backpages 'em: Seattle Times The larger picture, to my mind, is the struggle for Seattle to define itself either as a civic culture or as an alternative culture. The city of Jim Ellis or the land of Dan Savage?

My hope in the 21 years of editing and publishing Seattle Weekly was to straddle that big culture divide, to blend the civic ideals of a northern-tier progressive city with the impatient, irreverent, alt-culture of the new creative-economy Seattle. Is there a way forward? In my view, it takes a non-profit, member-supported, web-only model such as Crosscut to make it happen. Such a model breaks out of the relentless commercial pressures driving down media today.

Being Web-based greatly reduces distribution costs. And these city websites, like the city weeklies before them, are still locally owned, creative about new business approaches, and charged with mission. That mission, for me at least, has always been the same: find a way to reinvent, and steadily produce, quality local journalism. Even as Washington winds down its drug war, police still seize homes and cash from low-level suspects. Share Facebook Twitter Print. A founder of the alternative weekly, now changing owners again, reflects on the paper's origins, ideals, and tribulations.

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