- Santa Barbara Independent
name = The Santa Barbara Independent
caption = The
2006-03-02front page of the
"Santa Barbara Independent"
ceased publication =
owners = Independent
publisher = Randy Campbell
chiefeditor = Marianne Partridge
circulation = 40,346 [cite web |url=http://aan.org/alternative/Aan/ViewCompany?oid=oid%3A83 |title=Santa Barbara Independent |accessdate=2007-02-22 |publisher=
Association of Alternative Newsweeklies]
headquarters = 122 W. Figueroa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
website = [http://independent.com/ independent.com]
The "Santa Barbara Independent" is a free arts and entertainment newsweekly published in
Santa Barbara, California. The paper, which is published every Thursday and was founded in November 1986, has a circulation of over 40,000 and an audited readership of more than 120,000. The paper features long and short news stories, in-depth arts, music, book, and film coverage, an entertainment calendar, a lifestyle section, and reviews of restaurants and culture. The "Independent" is also known for investigative reporting on a variety of issues, from the environment to local politics.
Although the paper is published weekly, after the beginning of the
Santa Barbara News-Press controversythe Independent has implemented web based columns and news articles at Independent.com. The internet edition is updated daily, and more frequently during dramatic local events, such as the 2008 Gap Fire. According to publicly accessible web analytics, Independent.com is the most read locally oriented news website in the Santa Barbara region.
The paper has been described by editor-in-chief Marianne Partridge as somewhat liberal. [cite web |url=http://www.santabarbaralive.com/sbpeople.htm |title=Santa Barbara People: The Santa Barbara Independent |accessdate=2007-02-22 |work=Santa Barbara Live! ]
A December 2004 report by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies detailed the demographics of the Independent's readership. The paper's audience is predominately female (68%) and nearly half of readers are over 45 years of age.
Three popular columnists who quit or were fired from the News-Press during the
Santa Barbara News-Press controversyare now contributors to Independent.
* " [http://www.independent.com/ The Independent] "
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