Comments on: The long, slow decline of alt-weeklies http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2013/03/15/the-long-slow-decline-of-alt-weeklies/ Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:54:39 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: SocraticGadfly http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2013/03/15/the-long-slow-decline-of-alt-weeklies/#comment-14093 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 20:00:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1501#comment-14093 The Austin Chronicle is teh suck on amount of alt-angled news. Any more, it’s one semi-hard-hitter, couple more stories that could have come out of the American-Statesman, and then movie/concert reviews and listings. I think most New Times papers are about the same any more.

Agreed also on the verboseness of many alt-weekly writers.

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By: LRedBeam http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2013/03/15/the-long-slow-decline-of-alt-weeklies/#comment-14074 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 03:32:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1501#comment-14074 Alt-weklies here seem to suffer from the fact that they pay writers by the word. Writers are thus motivated to fill space; they need do nothing else: no real communication is necessary. No thoughts need be conveyed. Editors see verbosity, cuteness, and inside humor as virtues.

A person has to eat and pay rent. Real writing is, for most folks, very hard and slow work. So Strunk & White be damned: get those words on paper (so to speak), and pay the bills.

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By: ptiffany http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2013/03/15/the-long-slow-decline-of-alt-weeklies/#comment-14043 Sat, 16 Mar 2013 20:54:30 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1501#comment-14043 Caught in a decade-old time warp, none of this is news. What’s the point – we should resist change?

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By: philipmcleod http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2013/03/15/the-long-slow-decline-of-alt-weeklies/#comment-14041 Sat, 16 Mar 2013 02:23:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1501#comment-14041 Really though think about it — how can a real alt weekly be part of a chain.

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By: gregpiper http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2013/03/15/the-long-slow-decline-of-alt-weeklies/#comment-14040 Sat, 16 Mar 2013 01:26:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1501#comment-14040 The Stranger in Seattle is doing well as far as I know, though as you say it’s in the event business (Stranger tickets – local shows) and it has a unique voice and constituency – even for liberal Seattle it’s very liberal, very libertine, very foul-mouthed, very anti-right wing, but also very entertaining (as a center-right guy I read it every week). One of their reporters managed to get himself thrown out of a gubernatorial election presser because they knew his name and pugilistic writing.

And of course it has Dan Savage. I hope Seattle Weekly recovers now that they have a local owner (Sound Publishing).

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