Almanac

News - August 25, 2010

The WAMP goes weekly

Goodbye, Daily WAMP, we hardly knew you. The Peninsula's newest newspaper has decided to switch to a weekly format, starting Aug. 27.

Publisher and owner Sloane Citron said he made the change out of dissatisfaction with the content and art direction of the paper since its Aug. 16 launch. "We found we weren't getting the quality, and the quality is what's most important to me."

The newspaper will still cover news from Woodside, Atherton, Menlo Park, and Portola Valley, but the weekly version will debut a new look, according to Mr. Citron.

He also said that although the newspaper will remain print-only, a readable version will eventually be posted online. A prototype website appears under development at www.content.thedailywamp.com.

And the new name?

The Weekly WAMP, of course.

— Sandy Brundage

Comments

Posted by Jo, a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Aug 29, 2010 at 11:10 am

Looks like an attempt by the developer/real estate industry to campaign before the November council election. Look at the attack on Andy Cohen and the praise lavished on Lee Duboc. Right-wing media here in our home town.


Posted by WAMP This!, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 29, 2010 at 8:58 pm

I wouldn't give them that much credit there, Jo. Their first attempt at a newsapaper went down the tubes super-quick - high school newspapers looked better than what they initially put out - so now they're trying to make a splash using slick paper, color photos and sensationalist stories/editorials/letters to the editor.

Their editorial this week was a incoherent joke - they targeted the MP city attorney of all people over the budget crunch and their "solution" to it was to immediately cut all city workers pay by 50%.

Then they printed letters to the editor from three of the biggest local muckrakers around - Pat White, Peter Carpenter and John Johns - which is way too coincidential - they must have solicited those 3 for letters.

I'm sure Hank Lawrence will be in next week, along with a guest opinion from Duboc.

Good for a laugh, but still definitely going nowhere fast.


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