By now you’ve probably heard about the sale of the Baltimore City Paper to The Baltimore Sun. The ensuing brouhaha (read City Paper’s Joe MacLeod Goes Down in a Blaze of F-Bombs) has received national press, including the below opinion in today’s New York Times written by Baynard Woods, senior editor at the City Paper.
Woods makes many good points about the city’s need for an alt weekly, but I posit that he need not condemn websites in order to make his case. Isn’t there room for both?
Good luck City Paper. We’re rooting for you. – SD
Are Alt Weeklies Over?
By Baynard Woods
When the Baltimore Sun Media Group recently announced that it was buying the Baltimore City Paper, the local alternative weekly where I work as an editor, the prognosis for aggressive, independent journalism in Baltimore was pretty grim. Tom Scocca, a reporter who used to work at City Paper, declared that the city was now one step closer to being a “zero newspaper town.”
This glum outlook is understandable after the recent demise of venerable alt weeklies like The Boston Phoenix, which closed last year, while standard-bearers like The Village Voice have fired many of their most popular writers, like the longtime gossip columnist Michael Musto. Read More →