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JCI acquires NEW mag

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I’d heard about this on Friday night when I ran into Zac Clark at a Frozen Gentlemen show, and looks like there’s an announcement up:

Bucking the trend of media contraction, the Jersey City Independent is expanding into print after just one year of publishing a hyperlocal web-only alternative newspaper. The Independent has acquired NEW magazine, a four-year-old arts, culture and lifestyle magazine that covers Jersey City.

Shane Smith, the Independent’s publisher and co-owner, says the decision to purchase NEW was a no-brainer.

“We’re an independent, locally-owned, forward-thinking alternative to the publications that are out there, and so is NEW,” he says. “In a fairly small media market, it made a lot of sense for us to join forces.”

Congrats JCI, and good luck! Print ain’t easy. Would certainly be awesome to see “Jersey City Independent” on an actual print publication. I do hope they ditch the NEW name.

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Written by Ben Franklin

December 15, 2009 at 12:11 pm

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  1. Hey guys, thanks for the encouragement! We also hope to have JCI in print sometime soon. But for now NEW stays as-is; it’ll still be an arts and culture mag, and we’ll be keeping the name, too.

    Shane Smith

    December 16, 2009 at 9:09 am


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