This email from Tina hit staff inboxes a little before 7:00am this morning. Newsweek’s going all digital. Last edition will be the December 31st issue. Ch-ch-changes.
To: All Staff
We are announcing this morning an important development at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Newsweek will transition to an all-digital format in early 2013. As part of this transition, the last print edition in the U.S. will be our December 31st issue. Meanwhile, Newsweek will expand its rapidly growing tablet and online presence, as well as its successful global partnerships and events business.
Read the whole memo. In essence, Newsweek will cease its print operations at the end of the year as part of a transition to an electronic format available on Kindle, iPad, and other such devices. I, for one, am most saddened by this development not only as a subscriber and occasional contributor to The Daily Beast, but also as someone deeply and irrationally attached to print media and the joys of the weekly and monthly magazine.