Thursday, March 20, 2014

Duluth-Superior Magazine end is a loss to the community

I’m sorry to see Duluth~Superior Magazine cease publication. I’ve had an enjoyable ride writing a monthly column for the publication. It’s a shame to lose the lifestyle magazine just as the Duluth-Superior area seems to be springing to life in the wake of the Great Recession.

It was unfortunate for publisher Marti Buscaglia that the recession hit just as she was starting up the magazine in 2008, yet she persevered and made it a success in so many ways. But as she noted in her comments announcing the closing, it’s difficult to run a business from afar. (Read Buscaglia's comments in today’s Duluth News Tribune story by Jana Hollingsworth HERE).

For the past two years she has been in Anchorage, Alaska, as an executive at the newspaper there. I suspect newspapers are her first love. I always appreciated her leadership when we were both at the Duluth News Tribune, she as publisher, and I was especially appreciative when she invited me to write a monthly column in Duluth~Superior Magazine when she began that publication after we both had left the News Tribune.

Finally, editor Wendy Webb has been a joy to work with. A fine writer with three successful novels published in the past few years, she is a talented and patient editor who knows how to encourage good writing.

Best of luck to all at DSM in finding new endeavors.Jim Heffernan


Unknown said...

Thank you Jim. I will miss working with you.

Jim Heffernan said...

You gave it your all, Marti. It was a classy magazine and it was my pleasure to be a part of it. Jim