READ: Last Words: Boston Phoenix closes today after 47 years. By Editor in Chief Carly Carioli.
The following statement from Phoenix publisher Stephen M. Mindich was circulated to staffers earlier today:
can state with certainty that this is the single most difficult communication
I've ever had to deliver and there's no other way to state it than
of now the Boston Phoenix has ceased publishing and wfnx.com will not continue
as it is.
everyone knows, between the economic crisis beginning in 2007 and the
simultaneous radical changes in the media business, particularly as it has
affected print media advertising, 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.
of their smaller scale of operations and because we believe that they remain
meaningful publications to their communities, with some necessary changes to
each, it is our intent to keep the Providence and Portland Phoenixes operating
and to do so for as long as they remain financially viable. The same is true for Mass Web Printing Co.
cannot find the words to express how sad a moment this is for me, and I know,
for you as well, so I won't try.
I can and will say is I am extremely proud, as all of you should be, of the
highest standards of journalism we have set and maintained throughout the
decades in all of our areas of coverage and the important role we have played
in driving political and socially progressive and responsible agendas; in
covering the worlds of arts and entertainment, food and fashion - always with a critical view, while at the same time
promoting their enormous importance in maintaining a healthy society; and in
advocating for the recognition and acceptance of a wide range of lifestyles that
are so valuable for a vibrant society.
finally, at least for this moment, I want to thank all of you - and the
literally thousands of women and men before you, for lending your talents to
our mission over the past 47 years - as I have always said - our staff has been
obviously as well, my sincere gratitude to our millions of readers and tens of
thousands of advertisers without whom none of what we did accomplish could have
been possible or meaningful.