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May 9, 2012 at 4:37 PM

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PubliCola: Going out of business

Talk about an Afternoon Jolt, PubliCola's clever name for one of its regular blog features. PubliCola is going out of business, at least as an independent, free-standing web site.

Since January 2009, PubliCola has been a feisty political news site, with rapidly reported tidbits and gritty opinion about local politics. That all came crashing down.

PubliCola had plenty of readers but the business model didn't work. Rumors had persisted for weeks that the site didn't have enough advertising to go forward.

There is a possibility that some iteration of Publicola will re-emerge in another form at, an online local news site.

PubliCola folks are talking to the founder of Crosscut, David Brewster, about some kind of combination of both web sites. Nothing is firmed up yet.

For now, the writers have moved out of their offices and are essentially squatting at Crosscut.

PubliCola founder Josh Feit declined to comment. But in his final blog post, he wrote enthusiastically about moving the site's daily features such as Morning Fizz and Afternoon Jolt to the Crosscut site.

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