In theater, the term "exit stage left" means that a character leaves a scene quietly, without a lot of noise. Naturally, we'll be exiting stage right -- we're iconoclasts. We've been leaving for, like, weeks.
As of last week, The Parkville Luminary ceased publication after nearly eight years of continuous publication. The business decision was easy to make, but not for the reasons you're probably thinking. Creatively, journalistically (is that even a word?), and from a community service standpoint it was pretty hard to let go.
Our associate publisher Gia McFarlane and I agreed to shut the paper down this past September. We had outlined a comprehensive plan to move our media brand forward. It was a stunning plan, all laid out there on a table at Piropos, her and I looking down upon it like the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces and Gia McFarlane. Then we looked at each other and asked, "do we really want to do any of this?"
That was nearly 80 days ago. I could have gone around the world in that time.Instead, I went to Indiana. (That's another story.) Anyway the answer was no. I had wanted to close the paper after our fifth year, and all I did was complain about the all-nighters. I tried to form an alliance with a Platte City paper but nobody from either staff seemed to get it. It was time to do something else.
Yet, there we were in racks the next week as "The Luminary Lite." This was due to a sudden interest from a regional publisher. In order for the newspaper to remain "legal" in the postal sense, we needed to keep hitting the press or there could be no deal with that publisher. Last week, the talks fell through.