American Journalism Review the latest to shutter print edition, announced digital-only strategy
Even for a strong advocate for digital publishing, it is sad to report the same story over and over again: another print magazine is being shuttered to go digital-only. The latest to announce the move is the American Journalism Review, published from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. The magazine will be shuttered, an a revamped website launched in the fall.
This transition is being made after nine months of study, reflection and planning by Merrill College faculty, staff, alumni and outside consultants,” Merrill College Dean Lucy A. Dalglish wrote online in the announcement post
The journalism magazine was originally launched as Washington Journalism Review in 1977 (and I’m saddened to report that I remember it well). Rem Rieder became the editor in 1992 (right) and the publication was renamed the American Journalism Review.
The current print magazine was published six times a year and has no tablet or mobile equivalent, which means that the move to digital really means online-only at this point.
“The model for publishing has clearly shifted to digital formats as online readership has grown,” Dalglish said. “It no longer made financial sense for the award-winning AJR to continue producing a print magazine because most AJR readers accessed content on the web. In addition, philanthropy has long been an important source of funding for print magazines devoted to media criticism. That support has steadily declined over the past 10 years.”
The change at AJR may have some serious benefits for students, as Dalglish said the publication will be more focused on student produced content. This may allow for student created digital publishing projects as part of the AJR’s mission, something that appears more common in Europe than in the US.