chris lynch, seattlest (2010)
Seattle Weekly now has new owners and a new office in Pioneer Square, not far from where the paper had begun way back in ’75.
And it’s going to have a new publisher and a new editor. Those guys announced their respective departures just after Sound Publishing took over the title.
I’ve sent in my application to be the Weekly‘s next editor.
I told them they shouldn’t consider me if they just wanted someone to supervise more shrinkage, with the occasional formal nod to “social media” and online platforms.
But if they wanted someone who would fight to make the Weekly matter to this city again, I’d be their person.
David Brewster’s original Weekly team vowed to bring us, as one of their ad slogans put it, “the news that actually matters.”
That goal can be revived.
The Weekly can be a lot more than just another freebie collection of entertainment listings and medical-pot ads.
It can be the “grownup” alternative to the Stranger; the seriously progressive alternative to the Seattle Times; the street-wise alternative to KUOW.
Think of the pre-cutback versions of Willamette Week and the NY Observer. Papers that treated their entire cities, and everything that occurred within them, as their “beat.”
Imagine a news/opinion organization that makes the right kind of noise, that afflicts the comfortable and comfort the afflicted, that answers the questions and questions the answers.
Not just another formulaic “alt weekly” but a full service forum where anything can be discussed and there’s always something new.
That’s what I want to help create.
It would be far easier to create that entity from the Weekly‘s existing staff, circulation, and ad accounts.
But if not, then a startup.
People ask what I want to really do with my life. That’s it.