contributors and one staff member for Boston-based
publication In Newsweekly have either formally
resigned or stopped submitting to the newspaper,
following an ownership change that saw its
publisher failing to pay writers.
Colbert, Rhode Island correspondent Joe Siegel, religion
columnist the Reverend Irene Monroe, and editor in chief
Fred Kuhr have left the newspaper, according to a
statement released by the four on Wednesday. HX
Media acquired the newspaper from local publisher
Chris Robinson in 2006. After the purchase, Kuhr cites in
the release, management ignored concerns over the
newspaper's new editorial direction -- abandoning hard
news for social event coverage -- and that writers'
payments were delayed for months. "Under new
ownership and a new editor, the newspaper has taken a
new direction, and it is one in which I see less of a
role for myself to play," said Kuhr, editor in chief
The group wrote a
letter last month to HX Media CEO Matthew Bank,
requesting to discuss their concerns, but a meeting was
never set, according to the statement.
Colbert, who has
written for In Newsweekly for more than a
decade, said that the company owes him more than $2,300.
of response to our collective letter as well as my own
letter to editor William Henderson and HX Media CEO
Matthew Bank points, once again, to the nature of the
problems -- heavy-handed and top down management,
along with strong-armed editor/writer relationships, all of
which is counterproductive to morale, especially in our
industry and craft," he said in the statement.
Monroe, Kuhr, and
Henderson are contributors to The Advocate. (The