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Seattle Weekly Threatens to Move if it Doesn't Get New Arena

In this week's issue, Editor-in-Chief Knute Berger writes an impassioned plea for the city to provide his paper with public money to build "what the city's other franchises are getting" -- namely, an arena like the one the SuperSonics basketball team is asking for. Berger describes SW's "barely adequate" offices with duct-taped carpets and elevators that "frequently take riders to mystery destinations," then argues that a SW arena "would add to the economic vitality of this booming part of downtown," which he notes is "vibrant, historic, and, when our next lease comes due, it'll likely be unaffordable."
02-15-2006  1:47 pm  |  Industry News

FTC Won't Block New Times-Village Voice Mergernew

Seattle Weekly reported Monday that the federal government will not intervene in the merger of its parent company, Village Voice Media, and New Times Media, LLC. The Federal Trade Commission posted a routine notice last Wednesday listing the merger among proposed deals that neither the FTC's Bureau of Competition nor the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice would challenge. Thus, the Weekly said, the way is clear "for the two companies to become one as soon as paperwork is complete." The Weekly also quoted an e-mail message to staff from Village Voice Media CEO David Schneiderman, in which he said, "the work on integrating the two companies will accelerate, but we will still be functioning as separate entities until the closing." The Village Voice ran its own story later in the day.
Seattle Weekly  |  11-28-2005  12:11 pm  |  Industry News

Web Turns Some Alt-Weeklies into Dailies

Reporters with a great scoop no longer have to sit tight trying not to burst while they wait for the next week’s paper to roll out, freelance writer Charlie Deitch reports for AAN News. It’s possible to publish online 24/7. Several AAN papers are moving away from the static Web site that remains the same for seven days and then has its contents refreshed all at once. A few alt-weeklies post new material daily, and others turn first to the Web whenever they’ve got an especially hot story. (FULL STORY)
Charlie Deitch  |  03-18-2004  6:50 pm  |  Industry News

Election Reformer Takes Message from Web to Real Worldnew

Literary publicist Bev Harris sounded the alarm about the integrity of voting software after she discovered that Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., had an ownership share in Election Systems & Software, one of the big three companies that make electronic voting machines. She posted that revelation on her Web site, following it with other evidence that raised doubts about the reliability of vote-counting software. George Howland Jr. describes in Seattle Weekly Harris's evolution from Web advocate to media darling. He questions whether she and her allies will be successful or "like presidential candidate Howard Dean—an online tiger and an analog kitten."
Seattle Weekly  |  03-10-2004  1:28 pm  | 

Online Magazine Captures Coveted Audiencenew

"Slate is a rare publication in the online world: It is alive," Nina Shapiro writes for Seattle Weekly. Now the fourth most widely read entity on the Web, it focuses "on subjects that excite the chattering classes." Shapiro interviews Michael Kinsley, the gadget geek who founded the Microsoft-backed magazine, and Jacob Weisberg, who has doubled readership since taking over as editor two years ago. She reflects on what results when writers try to merge thoughtfulness with speed.
Seattle Weekly  |  02-10-2004  10:02 pm  | 

New Breed Conservative Forced to Resignnew

After declaring his split with conservatives and the administration's war policy in Seattle Weekly, Philip Gold, an old-line right-wing intellectual, has resigned his post as a defense analyst at Seattle's conservative Discovery Institute, Seattle Times reports. Gold, who has also been on talk radio debating Dan Savage, editor of The Stranger, says, "Conservatives have lost their soul," but he can't join the "blame-America-first-crowd" either.
Seattle Times  |  01-14-2003  12:33 pm  |  Industry News

"I'm Here to Stay," New (Old) Seattle Weekly Editor Saysnew

Knute "Skip" Berger signs on with Seattle Weekly after a two-year hiatus from his job as editor in chief. He says he brought over Chuck Taylor from Seattle Times as managing editor because he was so impressed with Taylor's work on the strikers' version of the daily in 2000-2001. Seattle native Berger says he's a "mossback with no intention of moving anywhere else," and glad to be back in the alternative world.
Seattle Weekly  |  09-06-2002  1:46 pm  |  Industry News