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Personality Crisis: The Fall of the Independent Press Association

Late in December 2o06, while most offices were closed for the holidays, the Independent Press Association (IPA) quietly sent an e-mail to its member publications announcing that the organization was closing its doors. Despite previous optimism expressed by the IPA’s board of directors, for many of the publishers whose tides the organization distributed, it came as little surprise. For them, the IPA’s sudden announcement was endemic of a total communications breakdown between the organization and its client publications that began in early 2005. Publications represented by the IPA continue to contend with the likelihood that thousands of dollars they are owed will never be seen. For some, such as Kitchen Sink (and Punk Planet itself), this comes as the IPA’s final, and fatal, blow.