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After corporate shutdown, the Bay Guardian rallied to produce a final issue

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Part of the cover from the Guardian’s commemorative issue. Screenshot from 48hillsonline.org

After being told they’d just published the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s final issue, and after they were fired, Guardian staffers met up for a drink.

They weren’t done yet. Former editor Steven Jones suggested staffers publish one last issue — a commemorative edition — to end the Guardian on their own terms.

“It was cut off so abruptly, and we were given no options, so we were like, ‘Well, we’re going to take it upon ourselves to say goodbye to our readers,’ you know?” said Marke Bieschke, former publisher of the Guardian.

But how? They were without a printing press and an editorial budget, lacked a distribution network and didn’t have the money to get another issue independently printed.

Before staffers left the office of the alt weekly, a progressive gadfly that had been raising hell for nearly half a century, calls started coming in from concerned readers, said Bieschke. Read more

from Poynter. http://ift.tt/1yLgdgL

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