East Bay Express Lays Off Most of Editorial Staff in Latest Blow to Alt-Weeklies
Alternative weekly newspapers have struggled in contemporary years. The Village Voice, the left-leaning unbiased weekly in New York, ceased e-newsletter in August after greater than six a long time. Nearly all of the newshounds at LA Weekly had been laid off in November 2017, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Because weekly newspapers are usually loose, they don’t have the subscriber base that might make up for misplaced promoting income, mentioned Jason Zaragoza, govt director of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. Some weeklies, he mentioned, had been experimenting with new income streams, similar to a club fashion or match internet hosting.
There has been a gentle decline in affiliation club for approximately a decade, Mr. Zaragoza mentioned. Last yr, Pew Research Center reported that the common stream of the country’s 20 biggest alt-weeklies had fallen to 55,000 in 2017, down from 87,000 5 years sooner than.
Alternative weeklies at the East and West Coasts have been hit specifically arduous by way of declining promoting income, Mr. Zaragoza mentioned, and the layoffs at The Express had been a blow to Oakland.
“It’s a huge loss for the community,” he mentioned.
Mr. Buel, who purchased The Express in 2017 along with his spouse, mentioned it was once now not making any cash on the time. He changed into its writer and regarded as keeping a neighborhood fund-raiser to generate new income.
“The paper’s economics have been poor,” he mentioned.
Mr. Buel resigned as writer in July 2018 after a former co-worker accused him of kissing her inappropriately. An afternoon previous, he had apologized in a remark following revelations that he had used a racial slur in a group of workers assembly and had taken down articles he mentioned “did not live up to my editorial standards.”
Mr. Buel mentioned on Saturday that he was once once more serving as writer as a result of there’s “no alternative” given the staffing adjustments. The Express will start soliciting donations from folks in the neighborhood, he mentioned.
“I’m still optimistic about the paper’s future, and I don’t believe that print media is dying,” he mentioned.