The lawyer for Democratic state delegate Joseph D. Morrissey says their $10.35 million libel lawsuit against Style Weekly set to go to trial yesterday has been resolved in their favor. The attorney says the settlement includes "a full, unreserved and unequivocal apology" from Style and "a significant cash settlement." Style publisher Lori Collier Waran says that the paper will "let the apology speak for itself," and that it is happy to have the suit -- "a distraction for our staff" -- over.

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The Richmond alt-weekly has fired staff reporter Chris Dovi after Dovi accidentally sent an email meant for his editor, which referred to a blind motivational speaker a "blind [expletive]," to the speaker's public relations representative. Dovi tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch his language sprang from his frustration with the PR rep's frequent calls and emails about a potential story, but says he's "not making excuses." He adds: "I shouldn't have been flip." Style Weekly editor Jason Roop and publisher Lori Waran, in a joint statement, say Dovi's language "violated the core values" of the paper. "It showed an unacceptable disregard for one of our chief missions at Style: to honor diversity as a company in all of our dealings with the community, and within Style's hallways." MORE: Washington City Paper's Andrew Beaujon says Style "decided to assuage an awkward situation by cutting off a talented reporter at the knees."

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Phoenix New Times' John Dickerson, Style Weekly's Amy Biegelsen and The Village Voice's Elizabeth Sara Dwoskin have all been named finalists in the 2008 Livingston Awards for Young Journalists competition. The Columbia Journalism School, an AAN associate member, has two current students and six alums among the finalists as well. The winners of the Livingstons, which award three $10,000 prizes to journalists under the age of 35, will be announced June 3.

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Democratic state delegate Joseph D. Morrissey has filed a $10.35 million libel suit against Style Weekly for an article the alt-weekly published last April about the politician's finances and related legal battles. The suit, which seeks $10 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages, names Style's parent company, TWCC Holding Corp., along with editor Jason Roop and the story's authors, Amy Biegelsen and Chris Dovi. When contacted on Monday by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Roop said he hadn't seen the suit and therefore couldn't comment on it.

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Landmark Media announced Tuesday that the credit crunch forced it to take the Virginian-Pilot and its affiliates in the Norfolk, Va. area, including Port Folio Weekly, off the market. Landmark vice chairman Richard F. Barry III says the company will resume the sale when the economy improves, but in the meantime it remains open to offers. The move does not affect Style Weekly, the other AAN member paper based in Virginia that is owned by Landmark, because it is not part of the Virginian-Pilot Media group.

Continue ReadingParent Co. Takes Port Folio Weekly and Related Papers Off the Market

As we noted yesterday, Landmark Communications, which owns both Style Weekly and Port Folio Weekly, has hired investment bankers to explore the possibility of selling the company's holdings, which include more than 100 publications and other properties, including The Weather Channel. "Although I was disappointed to hear the Battens were exploring a sale, our readers will continue to get the best of in-depth, local reporting on news, arts and culture," Style editor Jason Roop says in a press release. Publisher Lori Collier Waran concurs, noting that readers, advertisers and other business partners can expect business as usual. "We just celebrated our 25th anniversary, and we're still going strong."

Continue ReadingSale of Style Weekly Explored

Landmark Communications, which owns those two Virginia AAN member papers, has hired JP Morgan and Lehman Brothers to "to assist in exploring strategic alternatives, including the possible sale of the company's businesses," Landmark's vice chairman tells the Roanoke Times. The company's 2006 sales figures were $1.75 billion, and it employs about 12,000 people at more than 100 publications and other media properties including The Weather Channel, the Times reports.

Continue ReadingPort Folio Weekly & Style Weekly Parent Co. May Go Up for Sale

In a letter to readers in the special issue hitting the streets of Richmond, Va., today, publisher Lori Collier Waran and editor Jason Roop take stock of their successes and look back at the optimism with which Style launched in November 1982. "It's difficult to imagine such optimism today, considering the publishing landscape," they write. "But here we are, hundreds of stories, thousands of pages and millions of words later, celebrating a milestone. Thank you for reading us and supporting us with your advertising."

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