City Pages (Twin Cities) publisher Mark Bartel has departed after twenty-nine years with the Minneapolis-based publication, thirteen of those were as publisher.
Group publisher Kurtis Barton, who will take over as interim publisher until a permanent replacement is named, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the decision was “absolutely mutual.”
Like many formerly print-only companies, VVM and its alt-weekly publishers have been navigating the choppy waters of digital conversion. It’s possible VVM wants someone who is more of a digital native than Bartel.
Mark’s brother Tom Bartel co-launched City Pages as a monthly mag in 1979 under the name Sweet Potato. After converting to a weekly format in 1981, the paper was renamed City Pages. Tom sold the paper in 1997, after which his brother Mark became publisher, remaining in that position until yesterday.