As a writer, there are the inevitable stories you don’t enjoy writing about, but none are perhaps as difficult to set to a blank page as the closing of another publication.
This morning, The Grid’s Twitter account announced that the weekly paper will publish its last issue tomorrow morning. Tomorrow’s issue sees the end of an exceptional three year run—The Grid was launched on May 12 2011 after its predecessor, Eye Weekly, was shut down—in which the Torstar-owned paper published thoughtful and well-written articles without fail and won numerous rewards.
At the end of the day, however, the business of journalism hasn’t been much of business for a long time now, and one has to imagine that producing such a lavish weekly paper was something the cash-strapped Torstar didn’t see much value in continuing to do so.
I’ve never had the privilege of writing for The Grid, but several of its writers and editors have had a profound effect on my career. Toronto Standard and I would like to wish all those that were a part of The Grid the best of luck in their future endeavours. You are and will continue to be some of the best voices this city has.
Igor Bonifacic is the managing editor of Toronto Standard. Follow him on Twitter.