The Metro Independent is temporarily halting operations.
As many of this digital newspaper’s wonderful supporters know, the Metro Independent has essentially been a one-man operation since its inception in July 2013. I have been aided by amazing support from the communities the paper serves and many people have kindly provided pictures and content. The contributions of a columnist, an intern and freelance writers were greatly appreciated.
Despite the support from the communities, and the growing number of readers, I have been unable to grow the business or the staff. There are many reasons for this – too many to discuss in this letter – but the result is that I have not generated income and have been absent from my family too frequently.
Many loyal readers will have noticed that there has been less content on the Metro Independent recently and much less original reporting. The reduced content and quality is a result of my decision to reconsider the direction of the paper and my participation with it.
On this final day of 2014, I am stepping away from the Metro Independent to spend more time with my family and to devote the time necessary to determine the future for the paper.
It is my sincere hope that the paper can continue in the future and that it will provide the community focused news that was the cornerstone of the Metro Independent’s coverage. However, if the paper returns under my ownership, it will likely look much different, with content posted less frequently and an increased focus on in-depth reporting.
Thank you for your time and generous support