Word is getting out that Businessweek has pulled the plug on BW Chicago, a local monthly, produced by the magazine's Chicago bureau and a merry band of contributors, including myself.
Long ago, a fellow journalist said that he believed in the "six good clips" theory of career satisfaction. He meant that if you were really proud of a half-dozen stories, or clips as they're known in the dead tree world of newspapers and magazines, per year then you were doing alright.
For me, BW Chicago beat that average. It was out a scant eight issues, but I was proud to be associated with every one of them and grateful for the chance to write something that's increasingly rare in this skittish Chicago media market--a commentary/opinion column about local business.
BW Chicago's editor, Michael Arndt, is a truly gifted craftsman and a good boss. I look forward to reading his work in Businessweek. Same goes for Joe Weber, who runs the Chicago bureau, and everyone else in that office.
Good people, all.
Everyone knows that this is a brutal economy. There's a lot of fear out there right now and that's especially true of advertisers, who even in good times are leery of new media ventures. That goes for print and web products.
BW Chicago took a chance that didn't pay off. It was worth the gamble.