Salon closes Broadsheet.

Well this really sucks. Salon has decided to shut down its brilliant feminist blog, Broadsheet. Via Editor-in-Chief Kerry Lauerman:

No feature in Salon’s history kicked up the amount of righteous dust and ad hominem rage as Broadsheet, which debuted in 2005 and filed its last regular post on Dec. 21. We’re immensely proud of the role it’s played raising intensely important questions about women’s issues in politics, pop culture and way beyond. For much of the last year, Broadsheet has been a one-woman show performed by Tracy Clark-Flory. She’s done a terrific job, but it’s time for her to move on to focus her attention on stories that she’s most interested in — analyses and reporting on sex, love and relationships — and stop running Broadsheet.

We fully intend to integrate Broadsheet’s best, shrewdest writers and commentary in the other sections in Salon, and to a large extent have already started to do that. We’ve featured pop culture coverage from Broadsheet stars Lynn Harris and Amy Benfer in our arts section; Kate Harding appeared in the War Room blog. You can continue to follow Tracy’s great work (Twitter). And we expect to aggressively follow many of the issues Broadsheet championed — and urge those interested to follow their topic pages. Feminism, sure, but also Sex, Gender, and the ever-raging Body Wars. If you feel we’re not covering an issue you feel passionate about, let us know. We’re bidding adieu to Broadsheet, but we’re determined to keep its legacy alive in all of our coverage moving forward.

I’m looking forward to seeing more of Tracy’s awesome writing and more feminist writing integrated into Salon (which should go without saying), but it’s always a disappointment when a space carved out for feminist thought and analysis on a progressive site is killed. Broadsheet will be sorely missed by all of us here at Feministing.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted January 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately, this proves yet again that Feminism and women’s issues are still considered a niche interest. And, not only that, they often have to be tempered with a lot of soft news gossip to reach a larger audience.

  2. Posted January 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    For much of the last year, Broadsheet has been a one-woman show performed by Tracy Clark-Flory.

    so rather than hire someone else, or a couple elses. we’re just gonna stop doing it. is it any wonder many women feel “if i dont do it, no one will”?

    We’re immensely proud of the role it’s played raising intensely important questions about women’s issues in politics, pop culture and way beyond.

    but not enough to keep it going.

  3. Posted January 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Boo on the closing, but holy hell, the comments section in Salon is absolute shit, and has been for a few years. It’s not as filled with conservatrolls and worthless scum as HuffPo, but it’s up there. These people want comments to retain users and increase pageviews, but they don’t want to devote ANY money towards making their site enjoyable for their registered commenters.

  4. Posted January 12, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    It is surprising that, instead of hiring someone else, they chose to close Broadsheet – it’s pretty disappointing – even if the comments section was pretty rampant with misogynists and etc. We hope that those who miss the conversation can find similar content at Feministing, or at WVFC, a women’s interest site (specifically for women over 40, though much of our content is general).

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