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Newsweek shutters its print magazine: First reactions
Editor-in-chief Tina Brown announces that the venerable weekly will publish its last ink-on-paper issue in December, and then become an all-digital enterprise
 
After 80 years, Newsweek will cease publication of its print magazine, going all digital in early 2013.
After 80 years, Newsweek will cease publication of its print magazine, going all digital in early 2013. John Gress/Getty Images

In an early morning memo on Thursday to all staff of Newsweek and its web companion, The Daily Beast, editor-in-chief Tina Brown announced that the last print edition of the 80-year-old magazine will be its Dec. 31 issue. In a move she called "a turn of the page," Brown said Newsweek will transition to an all-digital format early in 2013. The new publication will be renamed Newsweek Global and "will be a single, worldwide edition targeted for a highly mobile, opinion-leading audience who want to learn about world events in a sophisticated context," she wrote. "We are transitioning Newsweek, not saying goodbye to it." Brown added that "regrettably," a reduction in staff is likely as the company streamlines editorial and business operations in the U.S. and abroad. Some initial reactions from the Twittersphere:

First a bit of context from Poynter, the nonprofit school for journalism:

And from The Wall Street Journal:

The New York Daily News' Meena Hart Duerson: 

Guardian reporter Richard Adams is less wistful:

National Review writer Jonah Goldberg:

Ad Age's Jason Del Rey:

Jillian C. York of the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

BuzzFeed's McKay Coppins:

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