Southland Publishing, Inc. is a publishing company based in Pasadena, California. The company produces weekly newspapers, monthly magazines and affiliated websites throughout California and selected states throughout the U.S.
Southland Publishing, Inc. was founded in 1998 converting from the former name Ventura Newspaper, Inc. This was done to reflect the vision of building a multi-media company throughout Southern California.
The first publication for Southland was The Ventura County Reporter, a newsweekly serving Ventura County, California. In January, 2001, Southland purchased the Pasadena Weekly from Tribune Company (owners of the Los Angeles Times). Southland Publishing then purchased SLAMM magazine, a music biweekly, from publisher Kevin Hellman in 2002, changing the name to San Diego Citybeat. It planned to target young, educated readers in San Diego, an audience whose needs, Southland's owners felt, were not being met by the other two major publications in San Diego, the San Diego Union Tribune and the San Diego Reader.
David Rolland, a journalist and editor with more than 10 years experience, was named editor of CityBeat, while Hellman, the former publisher of SLAMM, was named the entertainment/promotions manager of the new weekly. Hellman, who organizes the annual North Park Music Thing music festival and San Diego Music Awards, is the weekly's publisher. CityBeat continues to sponsor the San Diego Music Awards, which was initially organized by Hellman's SLAMM magazine. Rolland appeared on the Editor's Roundtable, a radio show on local public radio station, KPBS. The addition of Rolland and other local editors to the show's guest list led Bob Kittle, then editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune to leave the show.
Pasadena Weekly was launched in 1984 and it covers community news on Pasadena, such as city government, public safety, and events, along with opinion, arts, entertainment and dining listings, and a 8-days listing with events scheduled for the Pasadena community. It is published on Thursdays and it is available only on newsstands located in the downtown area for free. It also publishes "Happy Birthday, Pasadena" to celebrate the city's anniversary of incorporation in June, the "Best of Pasadena" edition in October, and a "Welcome Pasadena" edition in December during Christmas involving the Rose Parade.
The Ventura County Reporter was founded in 1976 in Oxnard, California. Purchased from Nancy Cloutier in 1997, the paper was then known as the Ventura County & Coast Reporter, officed in Ventura Harbor Village. The weekly was renamed the Ventura County Reporter and David Comden was brought in to be publisher in 1998. The VCReporter is now located at 700 E. Main Street in downtown Ventura.
The Argonaut is West Los Angeles' oldest and most widely circulated newsweekly, serving the areas of Santa Monica, Culver City, Venice, Marina del Rey, Playa Vista and Westchester. Purchased by Southland in 2012, it continues to provide vital community news to the Westside.
The Los Angeles Downtown News, launched in 1972, was acquired by Southland Publishing on March 2017 after 44 years of sole ownership. It is published on Mondays for free in newsstands in the downtown area.
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