The good news is, Geov Parrish now has more time on his hands to devote to blogging. The bad news is, that’s because he just gave notice to the Seattle Weekly that he will no longer write for the paper.
In a letter sent out to friends and associates, Parrish explains his decision:
This morning I informed Seattle Weekly’s new Managing Editor, Mike Seely, that effective immediately I will no longer write for Seattle Weekly. I like and respect Mike, and wish him great success in his new job. I regret having made his immediate challenges that much more difficult. However, in recent discussions with him and with corporate owner Village Voice Media’s Executive Associate Editor, Andy Van De Voorde, particularly in the wake of the recent departures of Editor-in-Chief Skip Berger, Managing Editor Chuck Taylor, and Political Editor George Howland, it became clear that my journalistic priorities were not compatible with VVM’s current and future plans for Seattle Weekly. For this and other reasons, I feel it most appropriate to move on immediately.
Hmm. Parrish, Berger, Howland, Taylor and several other key employees have all left the Weekly in the wake of the New Times/VVM “merger.” That’s pretty much the purge we all expected. It’s going to be a dramatically different publication.
Howland has reportedly landed a job with Seattle City Councilman Nick Licata’s office, and Berger tells me he’s looking forward to exploring new opportunities. As for Parrish, well, he needs a job:
So here’s where the “help” portion of this note comes in: I now need a job. I have a Master’s Degree in Political Science and East Asian Studies, and nearly 30 years of experience in both media (primarily print, radio, and online, both in providing content and on the business side) and in progressive political organizing. I have been based in Seattle for the last 16 of these years, and would like to stay here. With the loss of Seattle Weekly, my remaining paid media work is national in scope, but I am comfortable tackling global or local issues, or both. I am most interested in either further media work (national or local, and either print, radio, online, or some combination thereof, doing administrative, editing, and/or content work), progressive political work, or reentering the nonprofit world. Further details regarding my experience, skills, and/or priorities are available for the asking.
I hope Geov doesn’t mind me reprinting his private want ad, but that’s the only help I have to offer. In fact, if you have two jobs, I could use a little income too.