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The A&E site, headed by former City Paper editor Matthew Borlik, will shut down after today, DCist is reporting. Its content—-local-oriented previews, reviews, interviews, listings, and other articles—-will no longer be packaged with the free Onion, which will still carry national A.V. Club content.
It was a great read, and it kept me on my toes. I’ll miss it.
Update | 1:45 p.m.: After the jump, the note Borlik sent his freelancers yesterday:
So, if you haven’t heard already, the big bosses in Chicago are pulling the plug on A.V. Club D.C. The print edition of the paper will continue to hit stands every Thursday and will feature Onion and national A.V. Club content. However, the local section is being significantly scaled down and the website will go dark after tomorrow. My part-time assistant and I have both been laid off; tomorrow is our official last day.
I’m not a sentimental guy, so I’ll skip all the “Back when I first started this job two years ago…” stuff and just say that I’ve enjoyed my time here and it’s been a pleasure working with you all. I’ve been assured that Chicago’s decision was based purely on economic/budgetary factors; our content was good and our traffic was fine, but the industry sucks and life’s a bitch, etc. If you have any questions about your remaining freelance checks—or simply want to share some leads on paying full-time/freelance opportunities (or tips for scraping by on unemployment checks)—I can be reached at this email address.
Love, Matty B.