Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"DC Agenda" (replacing Washington Blade) plans first issue Friday Nov. 20

The “new” “Washington Blade” (in quotes) will be called “DC Agenda” and will have a first edition Friday, Nov. 20, Kevin Naff said at the gathering of the faithful tonight at Hard Rock Café in downtown Washington, on the second floor. Hors d’oeuvres were served, and at least twice the number of people as were former employees (probably many more) attended. Please follow the tweets in the “DCAgenda” Twitter account blog for up-to-date details. (Yes, if you’re a host at CNN, please follow them.)

The new name of the resurrected company seems to call to mind the gay marriage agenda before the DC City Council. It reminds me of Chris Crain’s former editorial in March 2004, “Piddle Twiddle and Resolve” (Twitter didn’t exist then), a “take no prisoners” (not even Spanish prisoners of the Steve Martin genome) on the need for full equality in gay marriage.

The gathering took place a half block from the Landmark Theater, where my “so far imaginary” movie (“Do Ask Do Tell”) would premier some day (hopefully in Auditorium 1 or 4) if I can ever pull it off.

The paper is still concerned about gaining access to its archives, as pointed out by the Washington Post. It’s hard to imagine any reason why a creditor of WindowMedia would object. What came to mind for me (when Kevin mentioned the archive issue) was an occasion in 1989 when the tiny consulting company I worked for was sold to a “white knight” and I had to go down to Richmond and bring the database (all mainframe tapes) back up I-95 in my own car, securing the company’s future (after copying them carefully). DC Agenda should talk to IP attorneys (as at Electronic Frontier Foundation) about this.

The circumstances of the collapse of the holding company remain a mystery. Normally on Wall Street you sell off the pieces of a conglomerate to pay off a debt. That’s Business Day 101 in the New York Times, every day. Maybe there is some irony. But the publishing business gets trickier all the time. I’ve covered a lot of scenarios and issues in journalism on my main blog.

According to Metro Weekly, web content for DCAgenda should show up at that name (.com) very soon (story here). I would suggest that the paper start a blog by that name on Blogger (there is none now). Other media companies do this, for example theatrical distribution company Roadside Attractions (

Bay Windows has an interesting take on the Window-Media implosion, here. It writes (“What does the death of the Washington Blade mean to Bay Windows readers? “) “When our community is viewed as a marketing demographic rather than a movement, the result should not be surprising. The death of Window Media was self-inflicted.”

If you have a paper copy of the "Friday the 13th" issue of the Washington Blade, hold it; there's a bounty on it.

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