Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Newstand Space Available: US News & World Report Goes Digital-Only

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US News & World Report, always the "show" in the newsmagazine race with "win/place" competitors Time and Newsweek, will publish its last print edition in December, according to stories in Agence France Presse and The New York Times.

Over the past two years, US News has evolved from a weekly to a semi-monthly to a monthly magazine as it was not immune to falling circulation, shrinking advertising revenue, and the migration of its readers to free Internet news sites that have plagued the industry.  Newsweek was sold for a $1 to an audio magnate a couple of months ago [see "TUOL" post 8/2/10]. US News' print edition's circulation was roughly 1.2 million.

Despite its digital-only decision, US News will continue to publish print versions of its special issues ranking colleges and hospitals and other occasional special single-topic issues. News content will be free at USNews.com.  The news organization claims no editorial layoffs will be precipitated by the decision to produce an online edition alone. 

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