St. Pete Weekly Newspapers of Florida will operate the alternative journalism site Ironminds.com under an agreement signed with New York Metropolis, a new weekly covering the boroughs of New York City. Metropolis is published by Andy Wang, who founded Ironminds in 1999.
The deal includes an option for the St. Pete Weekly to acquire Ironminds.com.
St. Pete Weekly Managing Editor Trevor Aaronson will serve as editor of the Web site. Aaronson hopes to build a cooperative of independently owned alternative newsweeklies. “Ironminds.com will syndicate reportage, columns, and arts criticism among its participating newspapers,” he said in a statement.
Aaronson added that he hopes Ironminds.com will allow participating newspapers to pool their resources in order to compete with dailies and alternative chains such as Village Voice Media and Creative Loafing. NewcityNet LLC of Chicago also runs an alternative weekly portal, Newcity.com.