March 17, 2015 Last Updated 8:36 am

Regional magazine Down East signs publishing agreement with arts & music magazine Dispatch

Two magazines in Maine have agreed to work together, signing a cooperative publishing agreement that will see them sharing sales staff and cooperate on editorial content. Down East, the Camden-based regional magazine, will work with the arts and music magazine Dispatch, a relatively new magazine to the state.

Down-East-Magazine-200“Dispatch’s mission and voice are unique in Maine and complement Down East. This partnership will take Dispatch to the next level,” Down East’s publisher Bob Fernald said.

Frank Copsidas founded Dispatch in 2011, and will remain is publisher.

“Dispatch will benefit from the resources available to us through Down East and we are excited to be working with Down East’s incredible staff,” Copsidas said in the announcement of the deal. “We are looking forward to many more years of writing about the best in entertainment, recreation and things to do.”

In many ways, it is odd that we are not seeing more agreements like this. A couple decades ago, cooperative agreements between publishers might have been seen as anti-competitive. But with publishers struggling to keep their titles profitable, they are a logical alternative to completely shutting down.

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