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David Carr, The New York Times’ culture and media columnist, had some choice words about print media when he spoke with friend and MinnPost Editor Brian Lambert.

They spoke about the decline of alt-weeklies, most notably the Boston Phoenix, which closed after nearly 50 years in March. Carr, who began his career writing for the now-defunct weekly Twin Cities Reader, implied that alt-weeklies aren’t dead; they’re just experiencing hard times.

“The point is how do you deliver 'usefulness.' [He pulls out his rubber-encased, hard-traveled iPhone]. How do you end up as a button on this phone? That is where we’re going. I pay for a lot of things on this phone. I have Spotify. I have Pandora. I have an app that’ll make the phone spin around by itself.”

Carr had previously discussed the state of alt-weeklies with A.O. Scott. The two reminisced about the hard-hitting journalism of the past, which Carr described as “ferociously local.” Carr jokingly remarked that if you’re under 30, “you have no idea what we’re talking about.”

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Briana Seftel

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2013-04-18 17:33

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The closure follows several hardships for the publication. Last year the Phoenix Media Group pulled alt-rock station 101.7 WFNX off the air, moving the property online. Last August, the publishers announced that the paper itself would merge with sister publication Stuff Magazine to become a magazine. Re-branding its content in the hopes of attracting the valuable advertisers, The Phoenix didn't get the national advertisers it needed. 

Publisher Stephen M. Mindich released a statement yesterday, citing the economic crisis of 2007 and media changes as the reasons for the closure. He says:

“These have been extremely difficult times for our Company and despite the valiant effort by many, many past and current staff to attempt to stabilize and, in fact, reverse our significant financial losses, we have been unable to do so and they are no longer sustainable.”

The news of the abrupt closure came as a shock to the staff, as they were at work on the next issue. Editor-in-chief Carly Carioli lamented the absence of a proper closure for the magazine, but praised the dedication of its readers.

“We didn't suffer from declining readership, online or in print -- only declining revenue.”

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Briana Seftel

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2013-03-15 13:22

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