English-language outfit decides to ‘discontinue’ operations after decade-long runFriday, January 6, 2017
Argentina Independent shuts down
Local English-language news outlet The Argentina Independent has announced it will “discontinue” as a publication, pointing to the many challenges facing small, independent news outlets in the current media landscape.
The outlet, which ran with practically no budget and a limited number of staff, had reported on local news and wider regional affairs since June 2006, initially first as smallscale print publication named The Argentimes and later as an online operation.
“The time has come to say goodbye,” read a farewell message from the site’s editors, Kristie Robinson and Marc Rogers.
“For just over a decade, The Indy (formerly known as The Argentimes) has been a fully-independent media outlet covering Argentina and Latin America from our headquarters in Buenos Aires. Much has changed at The Indy, in the media, and in the region since June 2006, but our core mission was constant: connect an English-language audience with the news and events of Argentina and Latin America, focusing especially on those issues that go underreported in the mainstream media.
“Unfortunately, the harsh realities of running a small, independent publication have caught up with us, and we have made the difficult decision to discontinue The Indy. It is no secret that the whole media sector is facing a funding crisis, affecting even the biggest global outlets, and though we explored many options we have been unable to turn this labour of love into a financially sustainable organisation. In the end, the decision to call it a day is for personal reasons: now is the right time for each of us to move on to other life projects. We reach the end with feelings of sadness, but also a great deal of pride.”
The farewell message, which said the editors took pride in the publication’s emphasis on “conducting ‘real’ journalism: that is, original content produced with on-the-ground research and a critical eye” also referred to the local media landscape.
“No newsroom (especially in Argentina) can claim to be completely neutral or impartial – we’ve never been shy about our support for progressive politics, environmental causes, and social justice movements – but our editorial guidelines always insisted on balance.”
The editors said their website will continue to remain live “for the time being” and that archive pieces would be posted on social media pages through the coming weeks.