Urban Tulsa Weekly, alternative publication, reportedly closes its doors after more than 20 years

Urban Tulsa Weekly is no more.

Employees of the locally-owned newspaper were notified Tuesday by email the paper has stopped publishing.

Julie Skrzypczak, director of operations, emailed the staff, thanking them for their "participation in the creative process" but gave no explanation as to why the newspaper folded.

Court documents filed Aug. 22 by Community Publishers, Inc. claim Urban Tulsa Weekly owes the company $94,675.48 for services rendered from April 20, 2013 to July 10, 2013.  CPI alleges Renegade Publishing, Inc., doing business as Urban Tulsa Weekly, breached the contract by failing to pay for printing services.

CPI is asking for the more than $90,000 in damages, plus 6 percent interest and attorney's fees.

Gary Hizer, associate music writer and editor, said he had three pending articles waiting for publication when he called this morning and was told the paper is now closed.

Hizer said he has worked for Urban Tulsa Weekly since 2004, when he won an essay contest.

Sean Comeaux, an advertising executive with Urban Tulsa Weekly, also confirms the paper closed Tuesday.

As of Tuesday morning the paper's Twitter account had been deactivated but the Facebook fan page remained active.

Urban Tulsa Weekly is an alternative weekly publication that focuses on the arts, restaurant and entertainment scene in Tulsa. The newspaper has been in existence since 1991. 

See the full email to employees below:

As of this morning, UTW has officially stopped publishing. Thank you for your participation in the creative process and in UTW.

Payments for work published in October will be made next week.

The UTW website will be taken down in about a week.  That should afford you the opportunity to pull anything you might want for your files.

We have a few First Draft tickets remaining. The event is this Friday. Let me know if you are interested. (Gary – Samantha mentioned you would like a couple. I have set those aside. Let me know when you want to pick them up.)

If there is anything I can do for you now or in the future please do not hesitate to contact me.

Julie Skrzypczak
Director of Operations

Urban Tulsa Weekly

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