After 80 years in print, Newsweek is going all-digital starting early next year.
The last print edition in the United States will be the Dec. 31 issue, says Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of The Newsweek Daily Beast Company.
The Washington Post company sold Newsweek In 2010 to businessman LSidney Harman for $1 in exchange for taking up its financial obligations. It was Brown’s then two-year-old Daily Beast online news operation.
In an announcement, Brown says that the journalism business has been “increasingly affected by the challenging print advertising environment,” and notes that 39% Americans in a recent Pew Research Study say they get their news from an online source.
Brown underscores that by moving Newsweek to an all-digital format “We are transitioning Newsweek, not saying goodbye to it.”
“This decision is not about the quality of the brand or the journalismthat is as powerful as ever,” Brown writes. “It is about the challenging economics of print publishing and distribution.”
Aside from Newsweek, SmartMoney announced in June that it was dropping its print publication in favor of a digital format.
Newsweek’s decision does not come as a complete surprise, the Associated Press notes. Barry Diller, the head of the company that owns Newsweek, announced in July that the publication was examining its future as a weekly print magazine. Diller said then that the brand was good around the world, but that producing a weekly news magazine in print form wasn’t easy.
The magazine, whose name was originally spelled News-Week, was started in 1933 by a former foreign-news editor for Time magazine.
It has long been second to Time in circulation among news magazines, but began making its mark in the 1960s, under the Post ownership with its coverage of civil rights and by reflecting the glamor and youthful attitude of the Kennedy administration.
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