The Death of the Media, Cont.
Poynter has the deets, but essentially The National Journal is going digital by the end of the year. It seems that the disruptive internet has created news cycles that move so fast, a weekly print magazine cannot be relevant any longer. (And it took them until 2015 to figure it out?)
Here’s the human part of the story, Atlantic Media Chairman David Bradley blames himself:
“The more-personal statement is that, as to the magazine, I believe I failed. When I first entered publishing, Don Graham taught me his motto: ‘Eyes on, hands off.’ A few years back (before virtually any of you was in place), distracted from National Journal’s work, I took both my eyes and hands off the task. In the long run, I don’t think a weekly print magazine can thrive. Still, had I not failed for a time in my role, I think National Journal might have prospered longer.”
And now, because Dylan Byers is nothing if not another Tiger Beat on the Potomac gossip, we have his unsourced assertion:
“Certainly, National Journal will lose staff, as Bradley conceded in his memo. Indeed, within minutes of Bradley’s announcement, staffers from the Journal were already emailing reporters at other news outlets about job prospects.”
One hopes The National Journal Puritopian extraordinaire Ron Fournier was the first to send his c.v. out.