October 14, 2015 Last Updated 2:57 pm

CJR to shutter bimonthly print magazine, publish two special issues per year

The editor of the Columbia Journalism Review said today that the magazine will stop being published bimonthly and instead the publishing team will produce two special issues a year.

CJR-new-cover-300The move is said to be a digital-first move, the reason many publishers give when shuttering their print products.

“A digital-first approach should enable us to reach a broader audience than ever before. As a nonprofit with a mission of influence, this is our foremost goal,” said Elizabeth Spayd, editor in chief and publisher of CJR.

The publication said that “in the past decade, our print readers have steadily declined while our online audience has ballooned, with visits up 35 percent over last year. Continuing to spend so many resources on print is, regrettably, limiting our ability to invest fully in digital. This strategic shift will allow us to move more forcefully into the realm our readers already inhabit, without abandoning print.”

Like other trade publications in the US that cover newspapers, magazine or journalism, in general, the CJR has equated digital with the web, and not other forms of digital publishing. The CJR does not, for instance, have a mobile or tablet app under its own name, instead depending on a digital newsstand to produce a replica edition of its print magazine.

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