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US: three publications moving online-only

US: three publications moving online-only

The Kansas City Kansan has announced that it is to discontinue its print edition and move to online only. The final print edition will be on January 10 and the paper will launch a revamped Web site on January 7.

General Manager Drew Savage explained that the move to online only was to save on overheads and allow for more investment in electronic media. He insisted that the Kansan would continue to thrive with "a lot more content than we have ever had," and pointed out that online readership is ten times greater than for the print edition.

AsianWeek, a San Francisco free sheet aimed at Asian Americans has also announced the demise of its print edition, with the final copy to come out on Friday. It will continue to publish online, and its editor and publisher Ted Fang attributed the move to economic hardship.

Fang noted that Asians "have led the way in the digital revolution, migrating away from print media and into receiving their news and information electronically."

Spanish-language weekday paper Hoy Nueva York has also shut down print publication, dismissing all but four of its 20 staff. Editor Javier Castano blamed falling advertising revenue and the poor economy.

Going online-only is one of the survival options for suffering newspapers that may well become more and more popular, particularly taking into account figures such as those from the Pew Research Centre, which found in its recent US survey that the Web has overtaken newspapers as a main news source. The Christian Science Monitor and Wisconsin's The Capital Times gave up on their print product last year.

The advantages of online, such as linking, personalization options and allowing readers to post comments, are often particularly relevant for local papers.

The shift of some newspapers towards online has been accompanied by the appearance of online-only start-ups. The online-only model has already proved effective for publications such as The Huffington Post, and investigative journalism sites The Voice of San Diego and MinnPost.com. More can be expected to follow, with GlobalPost, an international news website due to launch next week.

Source: Kansas City Star, Kansas City Kansan, San Francisco Chronicle, AP via Yahoo



Emma Goodman


2009-01-05 12:00

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