The San Francisco Bay Guardian's Tim Redmond and Salt Lake City Weekly's John Saltas are joined by Amy Mitchell of the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism for a wide-ranging discussion on the alt-weekly industry on Salt Lake City public radio station KUER. Among the topics covered: how alt-weeklies are faring on the web, the future of the industry and competing with the daily press.

Continue ReadingRedmond, Saltas Discuss the State of the Alt-Weekly World

Salt Lake Tribune columnist Sean P. Means says he doesn't "like that Savage and others have singled out Utah for their wrath" with a proposed boycott over the Mormon Church's support of California's ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage. But Means says he'd "rather engage Savage in this discussion," so he has invited him to come to Utah. Means says he'd even buy drinks for Savage and Salt Lake City Weekly founder John Saltas, who publicly dropped the "Savage Love" column last week, "to let the healing begin."

Continue ReadingColumnist Invites Dan Savage ‘To See the Real Utah’

In the wake of the passage of a same-sex marriage ban in California last week, an effort that was heavily funded by the Mormon church, Dan Savage and others have called for boycotting the state. "Trouble is, all Utahns aren't to blame, nor are all Mormons," writes Salt Lake City Weekly founder John Saltas. "A nonspecific call to boycott is never effective and is fraught with misdirected fire." He concludes that "since Savage hates Utah so much, there's no point in us playing in his sandbox by sending him a regular check." MORE:The Village Voice weighs in on the Weekly's decision. STILL EVEN MORE: Savage has been making the media rounds talking about Prop. 8 this week. Check out his New York Times op-ed, his appearance on The Colbert Report and his takedown of Tony Perkins on Anderson Cooper 360.

Continue ReadingSalt Lake City Weekly Drops ‘Savage Love’ After Talk of Utah Boycott

As many as 1,000 copies of last week's paper were removed from street boxes after an unflattering cover story involving local police officers was published, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. "I do believe they were stolen and, yes, I suspect someone close to the story is behind it," Weekly executive editor John Saltas says. The Tribune notes that this type of thing has happened before: "The alleged theft is reminiscent of an incident in 1997 when then-Salt Lake District Attorney Neal Gunnarson threw a stack of Weekly papers into a trash bin after the paper published an uncomplimentary story about him."

Continue ReadingHundreds of Salt Lake City Weekly Copies Disappear

Last week, the entertainment magazine In Utah This Week ran an ad claiming that it has eroded the alt-weekly's readership by 20 percent in five months. But Weekly owner John Saltas sarcastically points out the ad -- which appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune, In Utah's sister publication -- grossly overestimates the magazine's readership by referencing the wrong numbers. "CUME numbers mostly impress young reps and rookie managers and are a crock when used to purposely mislead as the In Utah folks did in [the] ad," Saltas says.

Continue ReadingSalt Lake City Weekly Owner Responds to Spurious Ad Claims

John Saltas first announced his "Replace John" contest back in July -- Saltas, the owner of Salt Lake City Weekly, invited readers to try their hand at his regular column. The winning piece by John Rasmuson is published in the Sept. 14 issue. His column begins: "Like skating backwards, taping sheetrock and composing limericks, replacing John Saltas ain’t as easy as it looks." Rasmuson's topic is, appropriately, advice on writing a column. Saltas isn't giving up his job just yet, but Rasmuson did win a $400 prize.

Continue ReadingJohn Saltas’ Replacement Says It ‘Ain’t as Easy as It Looks’

"Over the years I paid plenty of people plenty of money to do nothing around here, and I don't want to become one of them," says Salt Lake City Weekly's owner, John Saltas, in his July 27 column. Saltas is explaining why he hasn't quit writing for the Weekly even though he's too old. "Writing for a newspaper like this one -- a newspaper with a youngish readership and embedded in a community with one of America’s youngest demographics -- should be, in my opinion, a task left to those who share the basic reference points with that readership," Saltas says. His solution: to hold a "Replace John Contest," in which readers are invited to write Saltas' column for him. Saltas isn't claiming that he will step down permanently, but the winner will be published at least once and will take home a cash prize.

Continue ReadingIs Salt Lake City Weekly’s John Saltas Replaceable?

John Saltas pokes fun at Warchol, a former Dallas Observer journalist, in his Jan. 19 Salt Lake City Weekly column, claiming that a recent photo of Warchol reveals the true age of the alt-weekly business. Writes Saltas, "I can't speak for my peers .. but if the face of AAN is the face of Glen -- who by the looks of things can no longer "Do the Hustle" -- we're toast. If Glen's old, I'm old, and all my friends are old. Alternative papers are old. At least, thank God, I have my hair."

Continue ReadingIs Glen Warchol the (Old) Face of Alt-Weeklies?