Tuesday, March 07, 2017

TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! PITCH EXPLAINS MOVE TO MONTHLY MAGAZINE PUBLICATION AMID DOUBTS FROM KANSAS CITY NEWSIES!!!



Last month our blog community of KICK-ASS INSIDERS was FIRST to report that The Pitch was switching to a monthly schedule.

Later on, they talked to community radio and confirmed our online FIRST NEWS . . .

Now, check their written explanation that offers strange dream interpretation prologue and a great deal of reassurance . . .

"With this issue, The Pitch — an irregularly printed flier from the postpunk record-store underground that became a weekly stick in the mainstream eye — unyokes itself from a decades-old model in favor of 12-times-a-year publication. We’ll have glossy covers. We’ll have new layouts on slick pages. You could almost put us on a coffee table . . . The Pitch is keeping its bite, too. Yes, we’re graduating from thin, smudgy paper to a more fashionable stock, and we’re eager to publish excellent photos to go with our coverage of arts, food, drink and entertainment. But we will, in print and online, continue to challenge local and regional players and institutions. "

Even a cursory link of this screed reveals that the editor is trying to convince himself more than anybody else.

And so, once again we hand the discussion over to our blog community . . .

WILL THE PITCH SURVIVE THE MOVE TO MONTHLY MAGAZINE PUBLICATION???

Stepping up their Internets game would improve their odds but even on this story they were scooped by more nimble local journalism powered by the Tony's Kansas City blog community. In fact, with fewer hands on deck The Pitch has struggled to keep up social media engagement and more frequent updates during the week.

Moreover . . .

JUST ASK ANY LOCAL NEWSIE IN KANSAS CITY AND THEY DON'T THINK THIS IS A GOOD MOVE FOR THE PUBLICATION THAT PARTED WAYS WITH MOST OF THEIR TOP JOURNALISTS!!!

And so, another publication teeters on the brink of collapse as our loose digital gathering of sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads continues to lead the Kansas City discourse.

Natch.

22 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Here's the real problem that you're missing TKC. A lot of people won't miss the pitch.

They have been replaced by facebook and twitter for news and some of the so-called alternative stuff.There just isn't a market for it any longer.

Jameson said...

Way too liberal nowadays and they have lost their edge. Most people didn't read for the political coverage, I doubt that'll bring readers back.

Anonymous said...

This was a weird column to introduce the new format. Scott didn't put much effort into it. Maybe he was too busy circulating his resume - Jameson

Anonymous said...

Does anybody really think this is going to work?

Really?

Most of the magazines in KC have gone under or they're supported by upper-class women who don't really have to work for a living and their husband finances the publication.

Anonymous said...

With the Pitch becoming an employment magnet for laid-off Kansas City Star writers, they've become just another predictable Progressive rag. Too bad.

Anonymous said...

KC Star's Ink won the battle. Kansas City readers lost the war.

Super Dave said...

The thing I question here is how are they planning on doing their stories?

A monthly rag will have an issue dealing with hot at the moment topics when their stories will sometimes be possibly 30 days old. By the time people will have lost interest in the subject or done read a dozen or more views on it.

I do believe this is the handwriting on the wall signaling the end of the Pitch.

Anonymous said...

I like the pitch, I also agree with 8:59 on how people just get things from FB or somewhere on their phones.

Anonymous said...

Jack Cashill magazine is still surviving.

Anonymous said...

Cashill has a classy assed Name.

Anonymous said...

i used to enjoy it for the food, drink and music reviews and the events calendar. whomever did their new website should be fired twice and then fired again because it's awful and not very user friendly as compared to the previous layout.

once in awhile i'd read their lead stories but as others have mentioned more often than not it just pushed a liberal agenda.

Anonymous said...

It used to be locally owned and run kind of "Kansas City Style". Then the owner sold it to out of town interests, who were more interested in the :back page" kind of ads. Its lively local reporting disappeared, and even the advertisers (especially the local ones) seemed to back off considerably. I had a child who worked there in its heyday, and it was fun and profitable aned very user friendly. Now if you are not an alcoholic or gay, there really isn't much in it for you. Even the bands don't advertised like they used to. I hope they get their mojo back, but I am not optimistic.

J.W. said...

This publication is doomed. Blame Janovy and a panoply of leftist losers for its untimely demise.

Anonymous said...

You had your child working there? Was she human trafficking on the back pages?

Love the Pitch said...

I will wait and swe what they come up with, it's not all doom and gloom. KC needs a good magazine with longer written pieces. This could be the saving grace for fans of The Pitch.

Anonymous said...

Pitch is dead dead dead. Star is dead dead dead. Share holders better sell sell sell !

Anonymous said...

What's the Pitch?

Anonymous said...

Twitter killed the newspaper

Anonymous said...

Jan. 1st, 2018 headline: McClatchy announces that the Kansas City Star to publish 4 (four) days a week.

Remember, you heard it here first.

Anonymous said...

I guess my ass wipe will now be supplemented with corn cobs

Anonymous said...

INK survives because they don't have a printing bill. The Star owns their own printing plant. And The Star currently prints The Pitch four times a month. They are going to lose lots of revenue when The Pitch finds a new printer for their glossy format.

Anonymous said...

The strength of the Pitch was always solid investigative journalism that the Star wouldn't touch. As time went on, the quality continued to deteriorate.
You have to offer something that other publications and the Net don't have/ And the Pitch hasn't done that for a LOOOONG time!