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Dayton magazine-style newspaper ceases publication

July 8, 2014

By Amelia Robinson, Dayton Daily News, Ohio

July 08--A Dayton magazine-style newspaper has temporarily ceased publication.

Telephone Weekly's Editor Kerry Brown said the arts and design publication he and former publisher Brian Johnson launched in March 2013 plans to restructure and rebuild.

First the bi-monthly publication has to recover from a serious financial setback, Brown said.

"With what has been happening financially and with the personnel (changes), I was like let's stop and regroup and raise money and move forward," Brown said.

He plans to launch an crowdfunding campaign to cover the cost of overhead and equipment purchases.

Brown estimated $10,000 to $15,000 is needed.

The magazine can be published again once roughly $3,500 is secured.

Brown said an issue that may lead to legal action sparked the financial turmoil.

The magazine had six paid staff members.

Brown said Johnson is no longer associated with Telephone Weekly.

Reached by phone, Johnson confirmed he left Telephone two months ago .

"I moved on to other projects," he said. He said he could not speak to Telephone's current situation.

The free publication was distributed at several Miami Valley businesses and published online.

The last issue published online is dated June 2014 and is issue 28.

Brown said Telephone plans to continue its partnership with the website Dayton Most Metro once publication resumes.

He said he was hopeful something positive would come out of the negative experience.

"(Telephone) is a tiny part of the fabric of the community, but a cool part," he said. "That's not the end of the story. This has to keep going."


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