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The latest editor and publisher to go belly up

For journalists, finding out that Editor & Publisher magazine is being shut down is a bit like discovering that a friend who's a professional daredevil was killed in a tragic mishap on stage. It's risky enough to be in the journalism business these days, and E&P doubled down on that bet -- it was a magazine about newspapers. Now, its reporters and editors (for both the print and online editions) will experience first hand the disruption they've been chronicling for more than a decade. It appears that they received three weeks' notice.

Even if it wasn't completely unexpected, the end of E&P is sad on a number of levels for folks like me. I remember pouring through E&P's want ads when I was looking for my first newspaper job in 1980. The pickings were slim back then, thanks to a slow economy and an oversupply of would-be Woodwards and Bernsteins. I eventually found a spot at The Daily and Sunday Register of Shrewsbury, N.J., which proved to be a foretaste of things to come. During my three-year tenure, the paper was sold twice, went through a couple rounds of layoffs and rolled back salaries. (It would eventually shut down in the mid-1980s.) I moved to the Winston-Salem Journal in 1983, and within a year or so its owners shuttered the town's afternoon paper, the Sentinel. I could go on, but you get the picture. I used to check the want ads in E&P regularly, watching them grow and shrink along with the industry's business cycles. Soon, that barometer will be gone too.

E&P has been around since 1901, but it apparently grew out of a magazine called The Journalist that had launched in 1884. So its demise comes after 125 years in business, which is a pretty nice run, all things considered. The magazine's editor isn't giving up hope that a way will be found to keep the brand alive, and I wish him luck. 

-- Jon Healey


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Joe Pulizzi

You'd think that someone would take that brand and do something fantastic with it - actually, how about a printing company? Would make a lot of sense.

andrew nelson

There seems to be a fair amount of website advocacy groups who run 'news' sections on those sites, typically devoted to their political positions. Classic journalism. The opening and closings of those advocacy groups news sites might be a little faster in the age of information, than typical brick and mortar traditional newspapers, but I don't think journalism is dead. And anyone that says traditional newspapers gave unbiased objective news doesn't really understand the history of journalism, anyway. Take heart John. Journalism will endure, in it's classic form. It just won't be as quiet and steady as you'd like it. The days of the typewriter noir is over.



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