A death in the family

March 27, 2009

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L.A. CityBeat, one of our sister papers, is gone.

Our group publisher announced today that yesterday’s issue of March 26 would be the alt-weekly’s last. The paper, like so many others countrywide, has struggled to stay afloat in this economy, not to mention against the backlash of print-based publications.

It was a shock to hear the news because, like the term “sister paper” implies, it’s like losing a close member of the family. I never met anyone from CityBeat, but I did read their work and I know their editorial and production schedules were like our own here in Ventura, where it’s hard enough to pump out a quality product even when the economy is thriving and readership is high.

They will be sorely missed as a member of the Southland Publishing family.

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