Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Never mind the Wall Street Journal: In case you didn't hear, The Washington City Paper has been sold. Here's an excerpt from an e-mail I received today:

As you may have heard by now, Washington City Paper has been acquired by the company that runs the Creative Loafing papers of Atlanta, Charlotte, Sarasota, and Tampa. We are pleased with this development and have had great discussions with our new owner, Ben Eason. The obvious question that people have been asking is, how does this affect the paper and what we've been doing for so long? There will no doubt be changes in how our product is generated, distributed, marketed, and so on. And our new owner will keep us on the path of editorial budget cuts that we embarked upon earlier this year. That is a simple fact of life in this industry.

You might think this sounds ominous, or wonder how it bodes for the future of arts coverage in the City Paper.

As it turns out, there are significant changes coming in the nature of my writing for the CP--but those changes have nothing to do with the new ownership. I hope to be able to make an announcement here in the next few days.


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