This is the end of an era. One of the two american giant news magazines, Newsweek, announced yesterday a transition to an all-digital format in early 2013. As part of this transition, the last print edition in the United States will be the Dec. 31 issue.
“Newsweek is produced by a gifted and tireless team of professionals who have been offering brilliant work consistently throughout a tough period of ownership transition and media disruption. Regrettably we anticipate staff reductions and the streamlining of our editorial and business operations both here in the U.S. and internationally”, wrote on The Daily Beast Tina Brown and Baba Shelty, respectively editor in chief of the newspaper and CEO. A difficult but logical decision if you look at the digital tablet sales, chosen by 70 millions users at the end of the year, against 13 millions two years ago. “Exiting print is an extremely difficult moment for all of us who love the romance of print and the unique weekly camaraderie of those hectic hours before the close on Friday night. But as we head for the 80th anniversary of Newsweek next year we must sustain the journalism that gives the magazine its purpose—and embrace the all-digital future”
Image wise, we’ll look at double pages without being annoyed by the fold .And may be the nostalgia of prints will give way to enlarged portfolios.