This week’s weekly Weekly departure

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.

Comments

  1. 1

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    What little so-called “liberal media” there is, is being bought up by rich Republican guys.

  2. 2

    John425 spews:

    Well, with the skills in “progressive political organizing” he can always apply at the Beijing Daily Progressive, The North Korean Progressive, the Havana Progressive and the Caracas Progressive.

  3. 3

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    With all those guys gone, I won’t be reading Seattle Weekly anymore before I wrap the garbage in it.

  4. 4

    ArtFart spews:

    Yoiks! All this stuff at The Weekly has happened so fast they haven’t even gotten around to updating the masthead on their Web site.

    Anyway, if nothing else it’s nice to see Mike Seely get promoted.

  5. 5

    rhp6033 spews:

    (Sigh) the spammers are at it again. Two of the first five posts. Can’t they get their own website and put up their own original content? Then they can sell all they want. It’s not that hard, and it doesn’t cost much.

    Must be Republicans. They want to profit off other people’s work.

  6. 7

    Yossarian spews:

    Oh those poor, poor “progressive” bloggers! What real citizens and heroes, truly. Alas! All is nearly lost!

    Yeeshh!

    What crap!!!!!

  7. 8

    Mike Webb Sucks spews:

    rhp6033, Goldie himself said: “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.”

    Seems to me they realized how stupid they looked being in moonbat land and decided a change was needed!

  8. 10

    rhp6033 spews:

    Gee, Goldy, at least you have a radio show. But I’ll admit to having sympathy for anyone with a Political Science degree, either bachelor’s or masters. I enjoyed the classes in college, but it’s surely no ticket to wealth.

  9. 12

    Harvey spews:

    I worked at SW for 9 years on the business side and recently left myself. What’s really sad is that NT has gutted the entire Village Voice chain in the same way, not just this one paper.

    We had always heard that this was to be expected as an acquired paper by NT. They never came out and said this directly, but the intent was there from the beginning. There are 40 people that have left the paper since they made the announcement last November. Just the other day I was over to visit a few remaining friends, and it really is a bunch of amateurs running the place now.

    Good old David Schneiderman made another bad decision, but at least he made his money out of it.

    I might as well read the crap they print in the Stranger from now on.

  10. 14

    WenG spews:

    Goldy, when are you going to get a new crib for your trolls? I keep telling you to put them on ice they way they do at Sybermoms. You have to *pay* to get your stinking troll hide out of posting Siberia.

    Geov Parrish is always aggressive enough in his reporting, but he’s a good writer and I’m not surprised he’s leaving the NT factory. I can’t see him working for the likes of Andy Van De Voorde. Andy is a prime example of what rises to the top in the NT system.

    It seems like only yesterday that I was reading Andy’s music columns in the Phoenix NT. His claim to fame was hanging the nickname of Kelvinator on Stevie Nicks. This was as high as his analysis skills could go: chick fear. Making fun of Stevie is not something to build a career on.

    Don’t expect anything beyond name calling once they put the cookie cutter NT stamp on what’s left of SW.