R.I.P. IPA: The Independent Press Association Is No More

january 4, 2007  05:08 pm
The indy publishing non-profit has closed its doors after 10 years of defending the interests and increasing the solvency of small and independent magazines, reports Jeremy Adam Smith in Other magazine. Smith eulogizes IPA with pride and sadness -- "it grew rapidly from a scrappy little nonprofit into a multimillion-dollar social venture" -- mixed with bitterness toward the group's last executive director, Richard Landry. The news does not come as a complete shock, however. Last June, the SF Weekly published an investigative expose of the problems plaguing IPA's newsstand service, as well as what Smith calls "the destruction of the community that once defined the organization."