Weld for Birmingham (later rebranded as Weld: Birmingham's Newspaper) was a weekly community newspaper and website founded in 2011 by Mark Kelly, Heather Milam Nikolich, Kyle Whitmire and Glenny Brock. Its stated mission was to provide high quality journalism as a service to advertisers, and to promote positive change in the Birmingham area.
When it was launched, Weld absorbed many former staff members of Birmingham Weekly, including managing editor Glenny Brock, and was anchored by Whitmire's popular political reporting.
Its original location was at 2312 1st Avenue North in downtown Birmingham. In 2016 the paper relocated to space at MAKEbhm at 4000 3rd Avenue South.
Brock resigned in May 2012. In July of that year, WELD partnered with Birmingham 365 to publish event listings online. Whitmire, the paper's "new media editor", and staff writer Madison Underwood were hired away by the Alabama Media Group, content provider to The Birmingham News and al.com. Jesse Chambers succeeded Brock as interim editor until the hiring of Nick Patterson. Heather Milam was the paper's general manager.
In January 2013 the weekly announced a partnership agreement with The Tuscaloosa News to distribute WELD to the daily's Birmingham-area subscribers and to share certain resources.
Weld ceased publication of its print edition on July 13, 2017. It was announced at the time that updates to the website would continue and that suspension of publication was expected to be temporary. Patterson was hired as digital content coordinator for The Birmingham Times on August 16.
No further posts were made to Weld's website, which went down altogether in 2019.
- "Brock leaves Weld for Birmingham, Chambers named interim editor" (May 19, 2012) Weld
- Kelly, Mark (June 21, 2012) "Riding the Wave". Weld
- Kelly, Mark (January 20, 2013) "The start of something big" Weld
- Poe, Kelly (July 12, 2017) "Weld Birmingham suspends print publication." The Birmingham News
- Weld for Birmingham website