Atlanta INtown joins Springs Publication family of papers

By Wendy Binns

I have exciting news to share! It’s with great pleasure that I introduce you to the new publisher of Atlanta INtown.

This month INtown joined Springs Publishing, which produces the bi-weekly Reporter Newspapers in Buckhead, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. Collin Kelley remains as editor, and he has already collaborated with the Reporter staff to produce the June issue with most of the same writers, columnists and topics you’ve come to know and love.

There are new opportunities for advertisers and the product has more potential to develop and grow. Internally, the company now has increased efficiency with a bigger, more diverse team of talent. On that note, I’d like to congratulate staff writer and Poncey-Highland resident Melissa Weinman for her recent award as “Rising Star” from the Atlanta Press Club!

The publisher of INtown and Reporter Newspapers is Steve Levene. He has been in the industry for more than 30 years, starting with the Wall Street Journal.  Steve and I have been friends over the years – in fact, this development emerged over a casual breakfast at OK Café. Mom always said it’s the most important meal of the day.

So, I’d like to congratulate Steve and the team on the expansion and opportunities ahead. As for me, after my breast cancer diagnosis and treatments, I have a new lease on life. I’m slowing down a bit to enjoy my renewed health and to spend time with my adopted son, husband, family, friends and hobbies. As any small business owner knows, there isn’t much time to catch your breath. But, the sale of INtown allows me to take a much-needed breather. Timing is everything.

I have one more thing to say to my former co-workers, contributors, advertisers and readers – thank you. Such great friends, so much fun, so many memories. I am grateful. Here’s to great things ahead!

Here’s the official media announcement:

Springs Publishing LLC, parent company of Reporter Newspapers, has acquired the monthly publication Atlanta Intown. Steve Levene, the founder of Springs Publishing and publisher of Reporter Newspapers, announced the transaction which took place earlier this month.

Intown adds a vibrant fifth community to our coverage area,” Levene said in making the announcement. “It has a loyal base of readers and advertisers and we are excited about the opportunity to include this important market in our family of local publications.”

Intown’s previous owner and publisher, Wendy Binns, explained the change in a letter to readers in the June issue. “The product will have more potential to develop and grow,” Binns said, “and the new owner has increased efficiency with a bigger, more diverse team of talent.”

Atlanta Intown, with a circulation of 35,000 copies, has been published as a monthly paper since 1994. It is delivered to homes and businesses in Atlanta’s Midtown and Intown districts encompassing the surrounding neighborhoods of Morningside, Ansley Park, Virginia-Highland, Inman Park, Druid Hills, Toco Hills and Emory University. Intown employees, including editor Collin Kelley, will continue to work with the publication as a part of the Springs Publishing staff.

Reporter Newspapers were launched in January 2007 with the Sandy Springs Reporter and Buckhead Reporter editions. The Brookhaven Reporter was added in 2009, followed by the Dunwoody Reporter in 2010. The four, bi-weekly newspapers are delivered to homes and businesses in each community; combined circulation is 65,000 copies. A companion website, www.ReporterNewspapers.net, provides daily, local news postings and story updates.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

One reply on “New Publisher”

  1. Congratulations and best wishes to you in enjoying life. As a publisher in this industry, I know the challenges we face but also the rewards we receive each month through our co-workers, readers and advertisers – all of whom become good friends.

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