BOSTON, Mass (NEWS CENTER) - The Boston Phoenix has announced they will cease publication, but both the Portland and Providence Phoenix will still publish.
After 47 years, The Phoenix Media, (and Publisher Stephen Mindich) announced on Thursday that after the issue dated March 15, the Boston Phoenix will stop publishing. The online version will end with the issue dated March 22.
Other Phoenix publications in Portland, Maine and Providence, Rhode Island will continue to publish.
In a memo to the staff, publisher Stephen Mindich cited a very tough economy for newspapers since 2007. Here is a portion of his memo:
"As 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. Because 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. I 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. What 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. And 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 our soul. And 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. So, that's it. We have had an extraordinary run."