More crazy and crazy-terrible news from the San Francisco media landscape: The Bold Italic, one of the few remaining publications in the city to regularly cover food, has shut down. In a statement on its website, the Gannett-owned media upstart, produced in partnership with IDEO, writes that "we have made the difficult decision to cease operations. It's been a great run and we supremely thank everyone who has supported us along the way."
Both of The Bold Italic's managing editors, Jeremy Lybarger and Jennifer Maerz, appear to have been laid off, along with the rest of the staff, though we haven't been able to confirm that with Gannett as of yet. The rumor mill has it that while the Web-only publication was relatively successful (even expanding its reach to L.A. late last year), Gannett (which owns USA Today, The Arizona Republic, and the Detroit Free Press, among other papers) no longer wanted to continue funding it. With the Guardian shuttered, the SF Weekly hemorrhaging staff, and 7x7 dropping its print publication and laying off most of its staff, it's another earthshaking moment in the struggling SF media landscape, which seems to be taking blow after blow this year.
Update, 11:14 am: The staff seems to be taking it as well as can be expected:
don't remember the last time i was drinking at 10:30am but it's going down pretty smoothly today— Jeremy Lybarger (@jeremylybarger) April 7, 2015
TBI office right now: Drinking beers and blaring Green Day's "Time of Your Life."— Jeremy Lybarger (@jeremylybarger) April 7, 2015
Update, 12:27 pm: A representative for Gannett refused to comment on the reasons for The Bold Italic's closure, but says that the site's archives will remain online for the time being.
Update, 2:44 pm: Maerz, who has been with The Bold Italic since 2010, has penned a nice remembrance of the publication. "We created this site out of love for our city and a passion for expressing that love in new and unusual ways. I'll be forever grateful to Gannett for letting us help tell our cities' stories in our own way."