R.I.P., Editor & Publisher

A sure sign of how the news business is going: Editor & Publisher magazine is shutting down. Here’s the post I saw about it over on TPM:

Just in from Romenesko: Nielsen Business Media has announced that it will close Editor & Publisher, a trade publication that covers the newspaper industry.

Nielsen is also selling several of its publications, including Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek, The Clio Awards, Backstage, Billboard, Film Journal International and The Hollywood Reporter. It’s closing both E&P and Kirkus Reviews.

In the announcement, Nielsen president Greg Farrar said “Many of our friends and colleagues within these businesses will be leaving the company or will begin to transition to the new ownership immediately.”

Editor & Publisher had kept an eye on American print media since the 19th century. While Jon Stewart and his crew do a great job of poking holes in TV media, I’m not sure if that’s sufficient to cover the hole left by the absence of E&P. They didn’t often skewer print media, and even when they do, it’s not nearly as entertaining as their jibes at TV media. And despite its good effects, The Daily Show is primarily about entertainment, not professional conduct.

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On a related note, how is the AAN (Association of Alternative Newsweeklies) doing?

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.