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Another print edition bites the dust

After writing about the end of the print version of Maxim in the post on this blog about the demise of the Lads’ Mag, I’ve just found out The Ecologist is about to close down its print edition after 40 years.  Those predictions about the end of traditional print journalism may be [slowly] coming true. The last print edition will be in July.

Clay Shirky the US writer covers the exodus to online publishing on his blog here if you’re interested in reading more about this. And if you’re not, this excerpt from his article nicely sums it up and could also be applied to the many changing models brought about by the impact of technology on society, beyond the media:

“When we shift our attention from ‘save newspapers’ to ’save society’, the imperative changes from ‘preserve the current institutions’ to ‘do whatever works.’ And what works today isn’t the same as what used to work.”
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Discussion

2 thoughts on “Another print edition bites the dust

  1. So long as Ecologist can keep up enough revenue to hire proper journalists (who are paid to investigate). Would happily see lads’ mags disappear though, along with all other celebrity and lifestyle rags …

    Posted by On the Money | April 15, 2009, 15:38
  2. Yes, that would definitely be one advantage of the trend for magazines to move exclusively online!

    If money saved from producing monthly or weekly print editions can go towards paying for better writing, then we should all be in for a treat.

    Are you saying The Ecologist does or doesn’t currently hire proper journalists then?

    Posted by melpoluck | April 15, 2009, 16:41

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