Richmond’s Model Weekly shuts down after just about 39 many years

Owned by Alden Global Cash, alt weekly newspaper will close with Sept. 8 concern

Kate Andrews

Recent troubles of Richmond’s Design Weekly, which will finish publication Sept. 8, 2021

Immediately after close to 39 yrs, the Richmond-primarily based different weekly newspaper Fashion Weekly will shut down this 7 days, Editor-in-Main Brent Baldwin posted on Style’s Fb webpage Tuesday.

The publication’s closing came 3 decades right after Norfolk-centered Landmark Communications Inc. offered its Virginia newspapers — The Virginian-Pilot, Within Company and Type Weekly — and their associated organizations for $34 million to Tribune Publishing Co. (then known as Tronc Inc.), which already owned the Day-to-day Push in Newport Information, as perfectly as the Virginia Gazette in Williamsburg and the Tidewater Review in West Point.

This May perhaps, Tribune Publishing was purchased by hedge fund Alden International Money in a $633 million offer that has led to the elimination of far more than 250 complete-time editorial positions as a result of buyouts made available two times following the finalization of the deal, like at the Pilot and the Daily Push.

Even in advance of Alden’s acquire, Tribune Publishing work fell by 30%, from 4,114 workforce at the close of 2019 to 2,865 at the close of 2020, according to a Chicago Tribune story.

The Virginian-Pilot and Every day Push have decreased their newsroom staffs from 101 entire-time staff members to 36 staff since September 2018, according to the NewsGuild union. Both equally newspapers’ offices shut very last year, with workers doing the job remotely, and the Pilot’s Brambleton Avenue business office in Norfolk, its dwelling for 82 many years, was marketed to household builders. Design and style Weekly, also, closed its business office in Richmond’s Manchester neighborhood in 2020, and its total-time employees had dwindled to only four comprehensive-time staffers doing work remotely as of April.

Baldwin’s Facebook concept announcing the shutdown was short and did not refer to Alden: “Note from the Editor-in-Chief: Design Weekly will stop publishing immediately after the Sept. 8 edition. We thank our proficient employees for their award-successful initiatives and our faithful viewers for their support. Thank you, Richmond.”

Style’s initially problem, printed in November 1982. Impression courtesy Design and style Weekly

Began as a regular publication in November 1982, Model later grew to become a cost-free weekly paper covering Richmond beginning in 1984 with its sale to Landmark Communications. An alternate to the two day-to-day newspapers — the Richmond Periods-Dispatch and the now-defunct Richmond News Chief — Style launched personal ads, an substantial occasions calendar, restaurant reviews and yearly arts previews to the metropolis, founding publisher and editor Lorna Wyckoff claimed in an interview Tuesday with Virginia Business enterprise. She started out the publication in 1982 at her kitchen area table. The first issue was a 16-website page paper masking the city’s West Stop, with a really ’80s-correct aerobics protect design.

“It is sad, but I’m also proud of our many years and happy of what it turned,” said Wyckoff, who remained at the weekly via 1994, when it utilized 30 or 40 comprehensive-time and portion-time staffers and ran challenges of about 70 or 80 webpages. Nevertheless, she mentioned, “it’s type of an evolution. I imagine all of us in media have found this coming. When you have so lots of variations of ownership in a short time period of time, as they have, I assume it is difficult to locate your way.”

Style also was the property of the common “You’re Extremely Richmond If” and “Best of Richmond” options, and it garnered awards and praise for its function profiles, information photography and news coverage, even as its whole-time workers shrank in latest a long time. In April, Fashion gained 32 Virginia Press Association Information and Promoting Contest awards for its get the job done in 2020, such as a best-in-display photography award received by staff members photographer Scott Elmquist.

“The actual joy is in continuing the positions we enjoy and serving the group with valuable, insightful, regionally developed stories,” Baldwin wrote in April, noting the difficulty Design experienced developing the publication in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic with a tiny personnel. “Doing that requires critical, all around-the-clock commitment and determination — not to point out unselfish attitudes concentrated on the staff — in buy to steer a compact alt. weekly into its 40th yr.”

Editor’s Note: Virginia Company Affiliate Publisher Lori Collier Waran, Editor Richard Foster, Art Director Joel Smith, Graphic Designer Kira Jenkins and Account Supervisor Toni McCracken all formerly labored at Style Weekly.