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April/May Issue of Echelon Magazine Available


Check out the newest edition of Echelon Magazine, and be sure to read the article I wrote entitled When Traveling, Be Cautious of the Term “Gay-Friendly” on page 34.

San Diego Gay & Lesbian Times Shuts Down

After a tumultuous year in which it was accused of overstating its circulation numbers to advertisers, it appears the San Diego Gay & Lesbian Times has shut its doors.  According to NBC San Diego the entire staff has been laid off, and the newspaper failed to showed up at its usual distribution locations last week.

The publication has not released any official statement, and former employees seem to be just as confused as the rest of us.  In an online message, one staffer wrote that he was laid off via email with no explanation as to whether the shut down was temporary or permanent.  He goes on to say his last pay check was returned for non-sufficient funds and his group insurance plan was cancelled for non-payment.

Earlier this year, the newspaper was accused of significantly inflating its circulation figures to advertisers.  The San Diego County District Attorney’s office has reportedly been investigating the publications for “overstating circulation figures and possible financial irregularities.”

qnotes Adapts To Reader Preferences, Reinvents Itself

Much has been made of the decline of the newspaper industry due in large part to the emergence of online media (here’s an earlier post on the topic, and here’s another.)  Particularly hard hit have been smaller, regional publications who don’t have the resources or ability to adapt to a changing media landscape.  That’s why it’s so great to hear about one GLBT publication – Charlotte, NC-based qnotes – that has transformed itself in response to these shifts (as reported by Press Pass Q).

If there’s one thing gays know how to do, it’s reinvent themselves, and qnotes is no exception.  Realizing the publication needed a revamping, qnotes recently launched a new design and layout, a new logo and branding, new online content, events listings, and editorial direction – all designed to adapt to changing consumer tastes.

“Instead of looking at ourselves as a newspaper that has a website, we look at ourselves as a media company that has two products,” says editor Matt Comer. “We’ve got a brand new look and fresh editorial direction.”  Comer’s point of view on his publication’s product offering is refreshing in a time when so many smaller GLBT newspapers are struggling to survive.  To visit qnotes online go to www.goqnotes.com or look for print editions on newstands across the Carolinas.

Gay Publications Have Roller-Coaster Month

It’s been an up and down May for regional gay-oriented publications.  First, the Chicago Free Press announced it was ceasing operations after 11 years in print.  The GLBT-oriented newspaper’s owner, David Costanzo, has decided to no longer fund the publication due to declining health.

Then came the accusation that San Diego’s Gay and Lesbian Times has been inflating its circulation numbers to advertisers.  According to the San Diego News Network, the Times claims to publish 15,700 copies weekly, but invoices show that the paper has scaled back to as few as 9,000 copies per week.  The article suggests the decrease in circulation and deceptive sales tactics are a result of the publication’s dire financial situation.

On a brighter note, a new gay-oriented publication, sbi Magazine, has launched in the Atlanta market.  That brings the total number of new gay publications to six since the devastating collapse of Windows Media (publishers of Southern Voice and David) last year.  sbi – an acronym for stylish, bold, informative – publishes weekly and strives to highlight more of the “under the radar” Atlanta gay scene.

Alternet published a great article about the triumphant return of the GLBT newspaper The Washington Blade amidst the decline of another D.C. institution – conservative newspaper The Washington Times.  In a previous post, I reported the return of the Blade after the publication abruptly shut its doors in November, and it sounds like the newspaper is back and better than ever.

In that same post I commented an article in the San Francisco Gay Times that suggests there is a crisis in gay journalism as evidenced by the decline of gay newspapers.  However, this decline isn’t unique to gay publications – newspapers across the U.S. are struggling to survive in the age of the internet, and the smaller local publications are the hardest hit.  Further, gay news going more and more mainstream, and we no longer have to refer to “fag rags” to get news relevant to the gay community.  Despite the loss of some gay-oriented publications, I would contend that gay journalism is as strong as ever.