The Shift: In case you haven't noticed...

... it's accelerating... and fast! This just in.

U.S. News & World Report Abandons Print for Web

Friday, November 7, 2008 11:21 AM

WASHINGTON — U.S. News & World Report, long the number three newsmagazine in the United States behind Time and Newsweek, has become the latest U.S. media outlet to abandon print for the Web.

The move to become an Internet-focused publication was announced to U.S. News employees in a memorandum on Tuesday from management of the magazine.

"We're accelerating this transformation in response to our rapid growth online where our audience is now about 7 million uniques a month and growing," U.S. News president Bill Holiber and editor Brian Kelly said in the memo.

"For all of you who have worked so hard to make this transition possible, say good-bye to Web 2.0 and welcome to Journalism 5.0," they added. ...

The shift to the Web by U.S. News comes just a week after the 100-year-old Christian Science Monitor announced plans to end its daily print edition and become the first national U.S. newspaper to become entirely Web-based.

On a side note. This announcement takes care of eliminating the only periodical that my household gets. It's been a steady gift that was renewed by my in laws for us every year at X-mas. I think originally it was my FIL's idea and attempt to influence our political views, but since both my in laws past away over a year ago and we still get the magazine, I think they must have paid our subscription out at least five years advanced.

I must admit this news saddens me a bit. Not because I'll miss the magazine in post each week ... but because I'll miss the weekly memories it triggers of my ILs (I was fortunate to have great ones, too) every time it arrives in the mail.

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