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New Haven, Hartford, Fairfield Advocates Merged with Entertainment Weekly

Tribune Co. subsidiary CT1 Media has merged its three Connecticut alt-weeklies — Hartford Advocate, New Haven Advocate, and Fairfield County Weekly — with the entertainment weekly previously published by the daily Hartford Courant. (FULL STORY)
New Mass Media  |  12-03-2013  11:30 am  |  Industry News

Tribune Co. Lays Off New Mass. Media Employees, Group Publishernew

The Tribune Company has laid off New Mass. Media group publisher Joshua Mamis along with two graphic designers. The company publishes publishes the Fairfield County Weekly, Hartford Advocate, and New Haven Advocate.
New Haven Independent  |  07-11-2011  12:41 pm  |  Industry News

Connecticut Alt-Weeklies Outsource This Week's Issue

When a news website in Pasadena made headlines last year for its decision to outsource City Hall coverage to reporters in India, the group managing editor of the Hartford Advocate, New Haven Advocate and Fairfield County Weekly wondered if his three alt-weeklies could do the same thing. While John Adamian's idea started as a joke, it quickly led to an actual exercise in outsourcing journalism -- and the results are this week's papers, which have been mostly generated by Indian freelancers. The papers say the experiment proves that outsourcing a local newspaper is possible, but not recommended. "Call us old-school, but we think good, old-fashioned shoe-leather journalism is worth the price," the staff writes in an editors' note. "Outsourcing could certainly fill pages, probably very cheaply, but what's lost is the very essence of local newspapers: presence." (FULL STORY)
New Mass. Media Press Release  |  05-27-2009  9:16 am  |  Press Releases

Tribune Co. Reportedly Considering Bankruptcy Filingnew

The embattled Tribune Company, which owns three AAN papers, has hired an investment bank and law firm in recent days to advise the company on a possible trip through Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to the Wall Street Journal. Tribune owns the Fairfield County Weekly, Hartford Advocate and New Haven Advocate. Sources tell the Journal that a filing could come as early as this week. UPDATE (4:05 pm): The company did indeed file for bankruptcy protection today, and will stop making interest payments on $12 billion in debt as it attempts to restructure its loans, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The Wall Street Journal  |  12-08-2008  9:54 am  |  Industry News

Fairfield County Weekly Combines Offices with New Haven Advocatenew

To save costs in an ever-tightening economy, two of the three New Mass. Media papers will now share office space in New Haven. Staff members have been given laptops and cellphones and will seemingly be traveling in the Fairfield County area -- about 20 miles from New Haven -- quite a bit.
Fairfield County Weekly  |  11-05-2008  11:56 am  |  Industry News

Fairfield County Weekly Parts Ways With Editor

AAN News has learned that Tom Gogola is no longer the editor of the Tribune Company's AAN-member paper in suburban Connecticut. No replacement has been named. Associate editor Nick Keppler has temporarily assumed the editorial reins, according to Josh Mamis, group publisher for the Weekly and the three other New Mass. Media papers.
AAN News  |  08-06-2008  1:27 pm  |  Industry News

Civilian Complaint from Alt-Weekly Editor Leads to Cops' Suspensionnew

Two Bridgeport, Ct. police officers have been suspended following a complaint made by Fairfield County Weekly's Tom Gogola that they were drinking at a bar while on duty, according to the Connecticut Post. Gogola recalls the evening's events in a story that describes one cop joking, "I can't drink and drive ... I'm on duty," then later taking a bag of marijuana out of his pocket and telling the bartender: "We confiscated some weed ... I'll roll you a special cigarette. It'll make you feel better."
Connecticut Post  |  03-02-2007  8:29 am  |  Industry News

Advocate Weekly Combines Two Papers

This week’s edition of Westchester County Weekly will be its last as a separate publication. Beginning next week, it will be folded into its sister publication, Fairfield County Weekly. About 30,000 readers in Westchester County, N.Y., will get their own cover with the old nameplate, but the content of the two alternative newsweeklies will be identical. Fran Zankowski, CEO and group publisher of Advocate*Weekly Newspapers, tells the staff in a memo that they made a “valiant attempt” to save the paper, but it was just not profitable enough to stand alone. (FULL STORY)
AAN Staff  |  10-31-2001  10:58 am  |  Industry News

Zankowski Named CEO of New Mass Media

Hartford Publisher to Head Advocate-Weekly Chain Under Times-Mirror. (FULL STORY)
Patrick Sullivan  |  08-05-1999  11:50 am  |  Industry News

Reaction to the Advocate Sale

Within the Industry, A Wide Range of Opinion About What it Means. (FULL STORY)
Cory Zurowski  |  04-29-1999  11:51 am  |  Industry News