Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Another sad news void in Lake Worth: The dearth* of top-notch food and restaurant reviews is going to get worse

UPDATE: It’s true. We’re losing our favorite and best food/restaurant reviewer here in Lake Worth. Who will step up and pick up the slack with quality reporting? The Post’s Jeff Ostrowski maybe, remember “C′est si bon”? Give Alexa Silverman a chance? The original blog post from this morning is below. Here is the confirmation:
Below is just terrible news from Chuck Strouse†, the editor-in-chief of Miami New Times (see the press release below). Quality, well-written, and researched food and restaurant reviews are already lacking in Lake Worth, and in Palm Beach County generally, and now it appears things are about to get worse. 

Nicole Danna at the New Times is one of the best food and restaurant reviewers around and covering Lake Worth food news and restaurants. If you recall, it was Danna that broke the news about C.W.S. Bar + Kitchen coming to town. With new restaurants, eateries, and food markets (like De Vine Marketplace on Dixie Hwy.) opening all the time Nicole Danna will be sorely missed.

This is the press release:

Voice Media Group announced today it has completed the combination of its South Florida publications, Miami New Times and New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Moving forward, the company's award-winning editorial coverage and business operations will be handled through Miami New Times, [emphasis added] a consolidation consistent with VMG's nationwide emphasis on expanding its digital reach with maximum efficiency for readers and clients.
     While print distribution and digital offerings such as email and social media will remain robust in Broward County, New Times will concentrate its South Florida online presence at miaminewtimes.com.
     The Miami office will also be the regional hub for V Digital Services, the company's fast-growing digital marketing agency. VDS, a Premier Google Partner, combines the reach of VMG's iconic newspaper properties with cutting-edge digital strategies for local businesses, including organic SEO, social media management, and precision-targeted programmatic advertising.

For more information: Adam Simon

*Definition of the word “dearth”.
Chuck Strouse is editor-in-chief of Miami New Times. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes and won dozens of other state local and national awards. He is an honors graduate of Brown University and has worked at multiple newspapers including the Miami Herald, Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel and Los Angeles Times.