Friday, 4 January 2013

Press Gazette quits print format to go digital only

Press Gazette: Some of its different designs

Press Gazette, the UK's magazine for journalists, is to go digital only - and is to scrap its quarterly print edition.

The magazine launched by Colin Valdar in 1965 as UK Press Gazette established itself as a weekly until it switched to monthly publication in August 2008 before trying the quarterly format last year.

Editor Dominic Ponsford has posted: "Despite a strong reception for the first edition of Press Gazette -Journalism Quarterly - we have taken the decision to focus our efforts on digital publishing and a string of new events.

"In common with other B2B titles in particular, we have increasingly found in recent years that readers want to access Press Gazette's news and analysis digitally. And more than ever before are doing so, with now attracting 150,000-plus unique users a month and 35,000 individuals following us on Twitter.

"While the production of a quarterly journal made great sense journalistically, the commercial case did not pan out as well as we had hoped. And with the Press Gazette editorial team now producing a weekly digital magazine, daily newsletter, rolling news website and iPhone/tablet app - we now plan to focus editorial resources on developing these growing outlets."

Press Gazette follows Media Week in going digital only. Media Week made the switch in November, 2009. Broadcast, PR Week and Campaign have weekly print editions as well as websites.
  • I was a reporter, news editor and deputy editor of Press Gazette.

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