One of South Florida's leading serious gay news sources, South Florida Blade, has shut down, according to reports. Its owner, Window Media LLC, which is the largest publisher of gay newspapers in the nation, has abruptly closed all of its titles.
Originally founded in 2000 as the Express Gay News, it was bought by Window Media in 2003. The name was changed to South Florida Blade, styled after sister paper Washington Blade. The paper was edited by Dan Renzi, an occasional New Times contributor and former cast member of The Real World: Miami.
Also shut down is the paper's slutty little corporate sister, 411 magazine, a listings/dudes-in-underwear glossy.
Update: Apparently, 411 will live on as Mark's List Magazine. Multimedia Platforms LLC bought 50 percent of the popular gay website, JumpOnMarksList.com (which our sister paper in Fort Lauderdale named Best Locally Generated Website in 2008), last week, and has taken on the staff of 411, which will now be a bi-weekly publication. But 411 is primarily an event listings mag, whose most recent cover might be a little too racy to publish even on Riptide, and won't make up for the journalistic voice lost when the Blade went kaput.
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.