According to the Associated Press, the daily rag known as BostonNOW announced its immediate shutdown today after a year of competition with papers like the Boston Metro and long-time stalwarts like the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald.
BostonNOW had 52 full-time and 100 part-time staffers now out of work.
Like many Boston-based writers, I contributed to BostonNOW for awhile. However, after not receiving checks for my freelance work and the editor accusing me of holding an article "hostage," I wrote a scathing "no pay, no way" letter to the special sections editor predicting the downfall of the free, five-day-a-week newspaper:
I am livid about how you handled this situation. Not even a phone call. It shows your inexperience. After weeks of positive feedback, you terminate our agreement claiming I was holding the article for hostage.
Can you say "DRAMA!" Plain and simple, I asked for my check.
There was nothing malicious or unprofessional about my request.
The local press, and the public I've interacted with, considers BostonNOW to be a boil on what was once a city with superior journalistic standards. Based on the topics you've assigned me in the past coupled with the drivel the paper's "staff" puts out, I'll give you guys less than a year before the paper folds.
Shame on you!
--E-mail sent Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007