The news this morning is that Newsweek is going all digital, abandoning its print publication.
Newsweek Global, as the all-digital publication will be named, will be a single, worldwide edition targeted for a highly mobile, opinion-leading audience who want to learn about world events in a sophisticated context. Newsweek Global will be supported by paid subscription and will be available through e-readers for both tablet and the Web, with select content available on The Daily Beast.
To say that Newsweek, like Time, is a storied franchise is an understatement.
It’s 80 years old and through most of that history was known for its high journalistic integrity and output. When I was 18 I subscribed to Time Magazine. In August of 1992, the summer after my freshman year, I was home in South Florida when Hurricane Andrew ripped up Miami. The headline in Time magazine the next week? Mia Farrow and Woody Allen breaking up. I cancelled Time immediately and subscribed to Newsweek.
I remained a Newsweek subscriber through the next 17 years, finally giving up on the magazine when their primary articles became sensationalized pieces of crap. A sad demise.
So now the magazine is trying to shift to being online only, using the same format that used to be on news stands. But this is like taking rotten meat and instead of serving it in a cheap, stale hot dog bun attempting to make it palatable in a fine fresh-baked bread. The content, if you didn’t catch my drift, is the rotten meat.