Three of the five weekly community publications – Our Town, Our Town Downtown and The West Side Spirit — are free. The other two, The Chelsea Clinton News and The Westsider, have paid subscriptions of around 1,000.
Per a report by Sydney Ember in the New York Times, things are looking very good these days for the NYC newspapers’ Pulitzer Prize-winning overseer Kyle Pope. The publications are profitable; a redesign was launched last week; and for journalists, Pope says these weekly community newspapers offer a welcome refuge:
The papers have attracted reporters who have grown tired of writing for online publications that often prize quantity over quality. And, Pope added, the papers run the types of articles that readers tear out and post on their refrigerators…
Straus News, a privately held company that publishes 14 local weeklies across New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, owns the five papers. It acquired them about a year ago from Manhattan Media, publisher of Avenue magazine and Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons.
Pope has a great quote about the redesign of his papers. He says they now feel more artisanal, “like a Brooklyn pickle.” As opposed to the pickle Patch has found itself in. Read the full article here.