Sad sad day. Farewell issue of The Providence Phoenix will be distributed on Thursday, October 16.
This just in from Phoenix News Editor Phil Eil.
The Phoenix Media/Communications Group owner and publisher, Stephen Mindich, announced today that, with the issue dated October 17, the Providence Phoenix — the 36-year-old alternative news and arts weekly — will cease publication.
“It is unquestionably sad to see the Providence Phoenix cease publishing and realizing the void it will leave,” said Phoenix Media/Communications Group COO Everett Finkelstein. “I’m, however, somewhat gratified, knowing we’ve left an indelible mark on our loyal readers who for 36 years have turned to us for our unique coverage of the rich culture, politics, and lifestyles of our community. But the unhappy reality of today’s media world is that the continual shrinkage of print advertising revenue and the increasing costs of producing an award-winning newspaper such as the Providence Phoenix made this no longer economically viable.”
The Providence Phoenix’s Farewell Issue will look back at the paper’s history, with comments from past writers, editors, and other luminaries. The issue will also include a portfolio of longtime Phoenix photographer Richard McCaffrey’s best shots, and more.