What’s In the Weeklies? Week of May 28

Welcome, once again, to another installment of What’s In the Weeklies?, where we take a look at Louisville’s two major weekly newspapers, so you don’t have to. The big news of the past week is LEO‘s acquisition by a Tennessee media group. How will the sale affect the quality of the weekly? Read on, dear reader…

LEO May 28

LEO Weekly, May 28, 2008 issue:

Overall Score: 31 points

Velocity May 28

Velocity Weekly, May 28, 2008 issue:

Overall Score: 20 points

Well, LEO still pulls out a win, despite what must’ve been a strange week for remaining staffers there after the sale to SouthComm. We also really appreciated Stephen George’s tribute (of a sort) to departing LEO editor Cary Stemle. That said, we haven’t seen a print edition yet (we’re working off the online version, with Velocity as well), so we don’t know entirely what changes are in store. Additionally, the online LEO has a few strange moves — literally, where some sections aren’t published in their usual spots. And the Gannett Watch feature has this gem of a nugget of a mis-edit (in a discussion of walkouts by workers at two Gannett papers in the UK):

Gannett, which owns The Courier-Journal and also prints LEO, had not issued an official response as of LEO’s press deadline. The strike ended Monday. [emphasis ours]

We know it’s been a confusing week over there, but surely someone should’ve caught this!

Okay, rant over! As always, please feel free to comment! Especially as regards stuff we don’t cover in the weeklies, such as theater and film coverage.

CORRECTION, 11:40 AM: From Stephen George’s comments on our post (he’s the LEO‘s editor, of course):

To clarify the Gannett Watch: That is not a misprint or error. LEO is printed by Gannett at its huge, new, shiny press behind the Courier-Journal building. That does not mean LEO is published by Gannett, of course. Just a nuance of the business-speak, I think.

Well, that certainly makes the rivalry between the two weeklies a little bit weirder, but hey, c’est la guerre. Thanks, Mr. George, for the clarification.

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10 Responses to “What’s In the Weeklies? Week of May 28”

  1. While I normally bow down to your expertise for What’s in the Weeklies I’m going to disagree on two points.

    First, negative 2 points for LEO’s cover art.
    Second, plus 1 point for Velocity’s cover.

    Now I totally admit my bias though and say that I’m having a rare “girly girl” moment and really want some spa treatments. Damn you corporate weekly for tapping in to my irrational urge to spend way too much money on massages and skin care treatments!

  2. stateofthecommonwealth Says:

    Yeah, there is something about the LEO cover that is, well, pretty weird. Like, “Let’s find the black guy at the Clinton rally” weird. That said, considering the article within, I’ll give ’em the benefit of the doubt. The Velocity cover just looks like it’s from a file photo or something.

    Also, I really hate the term “corporate weekly,” since it really doesn’t mean much (hey, if I incorporate a business to make money off my blog, does that make me a “corporate blog?”). Not sure if I’ve ever used it here, nor probably would I.

  3. Hey there,

    Thanks for the props this week. You’re correct about it being a strange, strange few days.

    To clarify the Gannett Watch: That is not a misprint or error. LEO is printed by Gannett at its huge, new, shiny press behind the Courier-Journal building. That does not mean LEO is published by Gannett, of course. Just a nuance of the business-speak, I think.

    sg

  4. Oh, and yes, there is some weirdness on our website, too. One of the layoffs last Thursday was our web guy, so, um, yes, we’re working on it. Bear with us, please.

    sg

  5. stateofthecommonwealth Says:

    Huh, that’s pretty weird, about the Courier printing LEO, though I s’pose it makes sense. We’ll run a clarification.

  6. Instead of corporate weekly what do you prefer? Alt weekly doesn’t seem appropriate. So just “weekly?”

  7. Yeah, I agree it’s weird. It was purely a business decision. LEO had been printed in Columbus, OH, but we wanted to get ‘local’ again. So, at least to my knowledge, which is minimal in this realm, LEO’s people went around to printers in town and, ultimately, the CJ/Gannett gave us the best deal. LEO is a big load, and requires an extensive, probably expensive, press.

    As for the local thing, I think we figured it best to be able to work directly with the press folks on Tuesdays. And, while Gannett is not local, they do employ people in Louisville … as far as that goes. But driving four hours to and from Columbus with 50,000 papers in tow is tough on a lot of things, so getting out of that scenario is a good thing.

    So that’s what that’s about. PR-wise, it looks bad. But it makes sense.

    sg

  8. stateofthecommonwealth Says:

    Instead of corporate weekly what do you prefer? Alt weekly doesn’t seem appropriate. So just “weekly?”

    Yep, pretty much this is what I go with. Alt-weekly doesn’t seem to cut it.

  9. I’d argue that LEO is an alt-weekly and that Velocity is a lifestyle weekly, and that those two designations are quite different from one another.

    I’m curious — why doesn’t alt weekly cut it for LEO?

  10. stateofthecommonwealth Says:

    It’s not just LEO, it’s the state of the weekly press in general, mainly because of the ongoing mergers-and-acquisitions climate. I mean, sure, LEO fits the definition of the “alt weekly” as defined in this Wikipedia article, for instance, but I happen to think that definition is a bit out-of-date (though conglomeration is mentioned).

    It’s not really that important, either way. Clearly, LEO is the closest thing to an “alt weekly” in the Louisville market. But just like I don’t like the designation “corporate weekly” for Velocity, I don’t like calling LEO an “alt weekly” for some admittedly-persnickety reason, either.

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