As Newsweek ends print edition, a look back

This morning Newsweek announced it will end its print edition at the end of the year and move to an online-only publication. A special French-language edition of the U.S. current affairs magazine Newsweek is shown at a kiosk January 5, 2004 in Paris, France.

December 31 will be the last paper issue of Newsweek magazine. Next year would have been Newsweek's 80th anniversary -- technically, it still will be, though by then it will be an online-only entity. At that point, its content will become even more closely entwined with the news and opinion web site The Daily Beast. Tina Brown merged the two in 2010, and became the top editor of both. This morning Brown indicated the end of the print edition at Newsweek will mean considerable job losses.

Michael Isikoff, who reported for Newsweek from 1994 until 2010 and broke a number of the era's biggest cover stories, shares his thoughts on the end of Newsweek in print and what the magazine meant to staffers and readers over the years.

"It really is an end of an era, Newsweek was a cultural, political force and journalistic force in this country for many, many years," says Isikoff, "I remember as a kid growing up, waiting for the Newsweeks to arrive in the mail, and rifling through them -- how they shaped my thinking of the world."


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Jeff Horwich is the interim host of Marketplace Morning Report and a sometime-Marketplace reporter.
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It is a shame that most print media cannot survive in today's fast pace world. I miss the days of factual, indepth reporting. Today's news from all media sources seems to be nothing but sound bites and often seems like nobody takes any time to check the facts because it prevents them from being first. But you know what they say, if you heard it on the Internet, then it must be true.

It's unfortunate that Newsweek, which used to be a strong and valuable news source, is losing its print edition. One of my journalism professors was a former Newsweek reporter, and used the magazine as a textbook for an advanced news coverage class. We learned from it how to cover every aspect of the world, including sports, which wasn't a big favorite of mine prior to that class. I stopped reading Newsweek when it was re-designed into a bland and boring field of gray type, and stopped giving it credibility when the unfair and partisan cover story about Barack Obama appeared recently. I got my journalism degree in 1968, and am not all that happy with the changeover to exclusively electronic reporting, but I'm not going to miss the magazine that Newsweek deteriorated into in recent years.

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