The alternative newspaper OC Weekly has shut down after nearly a quarter century of covering stories that were often overlooked by other media, leaving readers, staffers and former employees to lament the loss of a valued community resource.
The closure was announced Wednesday, one day before Thanksgiving, in a post on the paper’s Twitter account.
“Today, the day before Thanksgiving, our owner Duncan McIntosh Company has decided to shut us down,” the post said. “For the last quarter century, we’ve tried to bring good stories to Orange County. It’s been fun, but now we’re done.”
Irvine-based Duncan McIntosh Co. officials did not respond to requests for comment.
Former staffer, Nick Scho, tweeted, “This isn’t just a sad day for journalism, It’s a death in the family a day before Thanksgiving. I worked there half my lifetime and met most of my friends as well as my wife there. It was a great ride.”
Award-winning investigative reporter Scott Moxley, tweeted, “As longest surviving OC Weekly reporter (8,811 days), am honored the job gave incredible freedom to investigate and expose scoundrels for a quarter century.”
The Duncan McIntosh Co., which publishes a variety of boating magazines and Editor and Publisher, also runs the Newport Boat Show and Lido Yacht Expo. It acquired the newspaper in February 2016 from the owner of the Village Voice and other alternative weeklies.
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