The Phoenix falls into the ashes
The Phoenix itself tweets:
Thank you Boston. Good night and good luck.
The Phoenix has been around since 1966. It had been hard hit in recent years by the decline in print advertising and had sold off its radio station and merged the newspaper with Stuff magazine in an attempt to stay afloat.
Jim Romanesko posts a copy of publisher Stephen Mindich's memo to his staff:
As everyone knows, between the economic crisis beginning in 2007 and the simultaneous radical changes in the media business, particularly as it has affected print media advertising, these have been extremely difficult times for our Company and despite the valiant effort by many, many past and current staff to attempt to stabilize and, in fact, reverse our significant financial losses, we have been unable to do so and they are no longer sustainable.
WFNX.com will also go dark, but the Portland and Providence editions of the Phoenix will continue, he adds.
Liz Pelly, who has written for the Phoenix for the past two years, is heartbroken:
i remember emailing my sister and saying, "This is the only publication i would ever want to work for full-time." it was the only publication i'd ever come across that so perfectly encompassed my interests in both music/culture while also being invested in radical politics/news/activism/social issues. most importantly, the Phoenix was just as skeptical as the mainstream media as i was. for a publication of its size to always be flipping a finger to big media and the concept of corporate ownership was really Huge.
Northeastern professor and Phoenix alum Dan Kennedy: This is an incredibly sad day.