Business Lexington to move to monthly publication; ex-editor hired by KyForward

rcopley@herald-leader.comMay 9, 2013 

Tom Martin, editor of Business Lexington, is the keyboard player for The City. Next to him at a May 3 rehearsal at the Red Barn in Keeneland is percussionist Steve Parrish (center) and drummer Arthur Rouse (left). The City is a band made up of adults with professional careers in other endeavors. The group aims to play a few gigs a month, mostly benefiting area arts and arts education groups. Photo by Rich Copley | rcopley@herald-leader.com.

RICH COPLEY

Business Lexington will go from being a twice-monthly publication to monthly, beginning with its June issue, on newsstands May 31.

Publisher Chuck Creacy declined to say much more than that Thursday afternoon, other than the business publication's new plan will be detailed in that issue.

"We have been very successful with monthly publications," Creacy said of Smiley Pete Publishing, which produces Chevy Chaser, The Southsider and Tadoo.com, in addition to Business Lexington. "Most of our advertisers already buy on a monthly basis."

The publication will continue to publish much of its content at Bizlex.com.

Creacy hinted at changes afoot for Business Lexington last week when the paper laid off its editor, Tom Martin, saying he did not fit into the the publication's new strategy.

Thursday also brought news for Martin, who has been named a senior editor for KyForward, a progressive Central Kentucky news website.

Martin will have his own section on the site called "Tom Martin's Lexington," which will highlight his original reporting and writing, "some commentary, some reporting on politics, civic life, music, arts and culture, the environment — and more," according to an item posted Tuesday on KyForward.com. The section will debut May 20.

Martin said it will not be a full-time job but rather part of content-generating business he has launched. Martin said he and KyForward will share in ad revenue generated for his portion of the site, but he will not sell advertising.

"It's a new model," Martin said Thursday, "and I'm excited to see where it goes."

Rich Copley: (859) 231-3217. Twitter: @copiousnotes. Blog: copiousnotes.bloginky.com.

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