A screenshot of Type Weekly’s web site, which hasn’t been up to date since its final version. 

A longtime Richmond various newsweekly is getting a second probability at life by means of a public media nonprofit.

VPM introduced Thursday it has acquired Type Weekly, which ceased operations in early September after a 39-year run.

The acquisition, phrases of which weren’t disclosed, contains Type’s web site and social media channels, and all digital content material therein. The deal closed Wednesday.

VPM plans to revive these websites, resume Type’s occasions calendar and ultimately produce arts and tradition information content material, with two staffers assigned to Type particularly.

Jayme Swain

It’s additionally in talks with a number of former Type workers to doubtlessly carry them on to VPM’s roster, VPM President Jayme Swain stated.

The way forward for Type’s print publication stays to be decided as VPM assesses whether or not to proceed it, Swain stated.

“We’re going to be focusing within the quick time period on StyleWeekly.com and the social channels, getting content material up and operating on these, as we take a step again and consider, do some department analysis, take heed to the group and attempt to get a greater understanding of what individuals hope Type Weekly could be and the way it can greatest serve the group,” Swain stated.

“I believe like everyone in the neighborhood, we had been saddened to listen to that Type Weekly wouldn’t be part of the Richmond tradition and group anymore, and humanities and tradition is a foundational style for public media,” she stated. “We’re uniquely positioned to cowl arts and tradition, so we noticed alignment there with Type Weekly’s protection and being a go-to place to search out out what’s taking place in arts and tradition within the Richmond group. We thought it was an actual public service.”

Type’s final publication, on Sept. 8, got here months after its mother or father firm, Tribune Publishing, was bought earlier this 12 months for $633 million by Alden World Capital, a New York Metropolis-based hedge fund that’s grow to be the second-largest U.S. newspaper writer by circulation, behind Gannett/Gatehouse Media and adopted by Lee Enterprises, which owns the Richmond Instances-Dispatch.

Tribune, then generally known as Tronc, had bought Type in 2018 as a part of a $34 million deal that included the Virginian-Pilot and Inside Enterprise in Hampton Roads.

A few of Type Weekly’s print editions in 2021. The newsweekly revealed its final version Sept. 8, ending a 39-year run. (Photograph by Jonathan Spiers)

“Lots of people appeared to Type to see what was occurring, what exhibits had been on the town. For me, it’s at all times been a staple of the humanities group right here in Richmond,” stated Steve Humble, VPM’s chief content material officer.

Swain stated latest months had been spent making an attempt to attach with Alden to barter a deal, a course of that began by reaching out to former Type staffers. Swain stated these talks proceed.

“We’re speaking to a couple earlier Type Weekly workers, and if we will make that occur we hope to carry these of us on,” Swain stated.

Brent Baldwin, Type’s editor-in-chief since 2018, declined to remark when reached in latest weeks.

Steve Humble

“Initially our purpose is to get Type again up and operating, and doing it in a similar way that they’d been doing it,” Humble stated. “That they had a really small, core workforce, after which did numerous their work by means of freelancers, which might be what we’ll do within the quick time period as we work out the best way to combine it with our workforce.”

In late September, The Valentine introduced it had acquired Type’s {photograph} archive, which the Richmond historical past museum plans to digitize. Swain stated that archive consists of exhausting copy pictures and make contact with sheets, whereas VPM will be capable of use the digital pictures that stay archived on Type’s web site.

Humble, who joined VPM in 2019 after 20 years as an government at The Martin Company, stated the Type acquisition comes as VPM is beefing up its information division.

It employed a brand new information director, Elliott Robinson, who came visiting from Charlottesville Tomorrow in August, and lately added two reporters. It’s additionally about to fill two extra reporter positions, not counting the potential Type hires. The information division at the moment totals 17.

VPM is also launching a information magazine-style TV present in February referred to as VPM Information Focal Level, to be hosted by Angie Miles, a former anchor with WTVR CBS 6.

The strikes come at a time when space information retailers resembling Type have been pulling again on their print variations, a development accelerated over the course of the pandemic. Humble stated Type’s addition to VPM may assist to buck that development.

“The Alden Capitals of the world coming in and shopping for up small native papers after which squeezing them and dumping them has actually been exhausting for native journalism throughout the nation, and that is one other instance of that,” Humble stated.

Swain, a longtime PBS government who took the helm of VPM in late 2018, stated the deal additionally gives the nonprofit a possibility “to innovate and experiment with new enterprise fashions which will outline the way forward for native journalism.”

“I believe that is an thrilling time for VPM,” Swain stated. “Indicative of this acquisition of Type Weekly, we’re investing extra into native information … and this acquisition additionally helps us construct our digital arts and tradition channel.”