American Journalism Review announced Wednesday afternoon that it will cease print publication. Starting this fall, it will become an online-only publication.
Students from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism will produce most of AJR’s content, David Ottalini reports.
Merrill College Dean Lucy A. Dalglish explained the move to Ottalini:
“The model for publishing has clearly shifted to digital formats as online readership has grown … It no longer made financial sense for the award-winning AJR to continue producing a print magazine because most AJR readers accessed content on the Web. In addition, philanthropy has long been an important source of funding for print magazines devoted to media criticism. That support has steadily declined over the past 10 years.”
“This transition is being made after nine months of study, reflection and planning by Merrill College faculty, staff, alumni and outside consultants,” Dalglish said.
A few weeks ago, AJR Editor Rem Rieder left the magazine to become USA Today’s media editor.