The Alt Weekly is Dead, Long Live the Alt Weekly


How valuable are print alt weeklies? Very, Baltimore City Paper senior editor Baynard Woods argues in the New York Times.

Woods writes that alt weeklies are “connected to a city in the way that a website can never be” and that they “report on the cultural life of a city in a way that neither big daily papers nor websites can.”

But as costs rise and many independent papers are folded into corporate conglomerates (indeed, the City Paper was just purchased by the Baltimore Sun Media Group), is the era of alternative print journalism nearing its end?

Marisa Siegel lives, writes, and edits near NYC. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her essay “Inherited Anger” appears in the anthology Burn It Down (Seal Press, 2019) and her debut poetry chapbook, Fixed Stars, is forthcoming from Burrow Press in April 2022. She is senior acquiring editor for trade at Northwestern University Press, and owner/publisher of The Rumpus. Follow her on Twitter at @marisasaystweet. More from this author →