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Nashville City Paper Ending Publication August 9

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A local free paper will end publication next month after 13 years in print. Nashville's City Paper will cease operations in August. 

Parent company SouthComm Inc. announced The City Paper will discontinue publication after their Friday, August 9 issue, with the elimination of their website to follow.

Chris Ferrell, CEO of SouthComm Inc., told employees Wednesday morning the free newsweekly is popular with readers, but there is not enough advertiser support.

He said that a portion of the staff will be laid off, while others will go to other SouthComm publications, including the Nashville Scene and the Nashville Post. Much of the City Paper's content will go to the Post, which will be sent out in daily e-news alerts. Other content will go to the Scene. 

Out of 70 positions, company owners said 8 jobs would be eliminated - half of which are reporter positions. 

Nashville residents said the paper would be missed. 

The City Paper launched as a free weekday publication in November 2000, but shifted to weekly in 2008 when SouthComm bought the paper. Over the last 13 years, the paper has been one of the many sources of people have looked to for news in the city.

"It was just a different slant on what was happening in town and local news," said reader Nancy Thompson. "I'm kind of new to Nashville, so it's nice to see what is going on around here - get a fresh perspective."


One of the things people liked about it may be the very reason publishers have decided to discontinue the paper.

"The speculation (when it began) was how it would survive on ad revenue," said reader Kim McDonough. "They never charged a subscription fee. 

"The business model just wasn't working, so we are going to fold some of that content into the Nashville Post and into the (Nashville) Scene - our other publications where the model does work," said Ferrell. 

He said they have tried different ideas over the years to keep the free publication afloat. 

"We really just relied on our local advertisers, and it just wasn't enough support to make that model work," said Ferrell. 


Many of the reporters  will move to sister companies. 

"I'm hoping readers will shift over to the post to fill that need," said Ferrell. 

Company officials said they hoped the change would make the exsisting products stronger.

Since there is already an online presence with the Nashville Post, the company has decided to end the Nashville City Paper website as well.


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