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Copperfield Publishing Acquires Jackson Hole Alt-Weekly

JH Weekly has been acquired by Copperfield Publishing, which also publishes Salt Lake City Weekly and Devour Utah magazine. (FULL STORY)
JH Weekly  |  01-04-2015  12:00 pm  |  Press Releases

The Big Deal: How Alts Are Responding to the Online Coupon Trend

A new day, a new daily deal site; Groupon, LivingSocial, BuyWithMe, Woot -- and probably 15 more since the start of this sentence. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  08-11-2011  11:00 am  |  Industry News

Redmond, Saltas Discuss the State of the Alt-Weekly Worldnew

The San Francisco Bay Guardian's Tim Redmond and Salt Lake City Weekly's John Saltas are joined by Amy Mitchell of the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism for a wide-ranging discussion on the alt-weekly industry on Salt Lake City public radio station KUER. Among the topics covered: how alt-weeklies are faring on the web, the future of the industry and competing with the daily press.
KUER-FM  |  04-20-2010  11:15 am  |  Industry News

Columnist Invites Dan Savage 'To See the Real Utah'new

Salt Lake Tribune columnist Sean P. Means says he doesn't "like that Savage and others have singled out Utah for their wrath" with a proposed boycott over the Mormon Church's support of California's ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage. But Means says he'd "rather engage Savage in this discussion," so he has invited him to come to Utah. Means says he'd even buy drinks for Savage and Salt Lake City Weekly founder John Saltas, who publicly dropped the "Savage Love" column last week, "to let the healing begin."
The Salt Lake Tribune  |  11-18-2008  9:55 am  |  Industry News

Salt Lake City Weekly Drops 'Savage Love' After Talk of Utah Boycottnew

In the wake of the passage of a same-sex marriage ban in California last week, an effort that was heavily funded by the Mormon church, Dan Savage and others have called for boycotting the state. "Trouble is, all Utahns aren't to blame, nor are all Mormons," writes Salt Lake City Weekly founder John Saltas. "A nonspecific call to boycott is never effective and is fraught with misdirected fire." He concludes that "since Savage hates Utah so much, there's no point in us playing in his sandbox by sending him a regular check." MORE:The Village Voice weighs in on the Weekly's decision. STILL EVEN MORE: Savage has been making the media rounds talking about Prop. 8 this week. Check out his New York Times op-ed, his appearance on The Colbert Report and his takedown of Tony Perkins on Anderson Cooper 360.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  11-13-2008  9:18 am  |  Industry News

Hundreds of Salt Lake City Weekly Copies Disappearnew

As many as 1,000 copies of last week's paper were removed from street boxes after an unflattering cover story involving local police officers was published, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. "I do believe they were stolen and, yes, I suspect someone close to the story is behind it," Weekly executive editor John Saltas says. The Tribune notes that this type of thing has happened before: "The alleged theft is reminiscent of an incident in 1997 when then-Salt Lake District Attorney Neal Gunnarson threw a stack of Weekly papers into a trash bin after the paper published an uncomplimentary story about him."
The Salt Lake Tribune  |  05-28-2008  9:13 am  |  Industry News

Salt Lake City Weekly Owner Responds to Spurious Ad Claimsnew

Last week, the entertainment magazine In Utah This Week ran an ad claiming that it has eroded the alt-weekly's readership by 20 percent in five months. But Weekly owner John Saltas sarcastically points out the ad -- which appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune, In Utah's sister publication -- grossly overestimates the magazine's readership by referencing the wrong numbers. "CUME numbers mostly impress young reps and rookie managers and are a crock when used to purposely mislead as the In Utah folks did in [the] ad," Saltas says.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  04-02-2007  2:23 pm  |  Industry News

John Saltas' Replacement Says It 'Ain't as Easy as It Looks'

John Saltas first announced his "Replace John" contest back in July -- Saltas, the owner of Salt Lake City Weekly, invited readers to try their hand at his regular column. The winning piece by John Rasmuson is published in the Sept. 14 issue. His column begins: "Like skating backwards, taping sheetrock and composing limericks, replacing John Saltas ain’t as easy as it looks." Rasmuson's topic is, appropriately, advice on writing a column. Saltas isn't giving up his job just yet, but Rasmuson did win a $400 prize.
09-14-2006  3:09 pm  |  Industry News

Is Salt Lake City Weekly's John Saltas Replaceable?

"Over the years I paid plenty of people plenty of money to do nothing around here, and I don't want to become one of them," says Salt Lake City Weekly's owner, John Saltas, in his July 27 column. Saltas is explaining why he hasn't quit writing for the Weekly even though he's too old. "Writing for a newspaper like this one -- a newspaper with a youngish readership and embedded in a community with one of America’s youngest demographics -- should be, in my opinion, a task left to those who share the basic reference points with that readership," Saltas says. His solution: to hold a "Replace John Contest," in which readers are invited to write Saltas' column for him. Saltas isn't claiming that he will step down permanently, but the winner will be published at least once and will take home a cash prize.
07-26-2006  3:22 pm  |  Industry News

Is Glen Warchol the (Old) Face of Alt-Weeklies?

John Saltas pokes fun at Warchol, a former Dallas Observer journalist, in his Jan. 19 Salt Lake City Weekly column, claiming that a recent photo of Warchol reveals the true age of the alt-weekly business. Writes Saltas, "I can't speak for my peers .. but if the face of AAN is the face of Glen -- who by the looks of things can no longer "Do the Hustle" -- we're toast. If Glen's old, I'm old, and all my friends are old. Alternative papers are old. At least, thank God, I have my hair."
01-18-2006  1:12 pm  |  Industry News

SLC Weekly Goes for Olympic Gold

The Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City are boosting the Salt Lake City Weekly first-quarter bottom line. The alt-weekly is also producing its first City Guide for the games and plans to make it an annual publication. Publisher John Saltas expects a 20 percent circulation jump in the next couple of months helped along by a 10 percent increase in ad rates for the five Olympic issues. (FULL STORY)
AAN Staff  |  01-28-2002  8:55 am  |  Industry News

Salt Lake City Weekly Gives Mormons/Jim Beam Equal Timenew

Utah has liberalized its liquor advertising laws, and Salt Lake City Weekly has lost no time in snagging a Jim Beam ad. It appears on page 7; on page 25, in a full-page ad donated by the paper, the Church of Latter Day Saints is given space to argue that alcohol advertising is a threat to society. Publisher John Saltas tells the Salt Lake City Tribune the timing was a coincidence.
Salt Lake City Tribune  |  11-29-2001  11:57 am  |  Industry News

Economy Hits Alt-Weekly Bottom Lines

Alternative newsweeklies are feeling the one-two punch of war and recession. National advertising is down across the board, but classifieds are providing a cushion. While several papers have had to lay off employees, others are taking the opportunity to add sales staff. (FULL STORY)
Seth Wharton  |  10-25-2001  8:19 am  |  Industry News

New Alternative Debuts in Park City, Utah

Mountain Times is the Brainchild of Salt Lake City Weekly Publisher. (FULL STORY)
AAN Staff  |  07-28-1998  11:50 am  |  Industry News