125-year-old newspaper industry mag to close

UPDATE Jan. 15, 2010: Buyer found

‘Editor & Publisher’ to Cease Publication After 125 Years.

Readers Express Shock and Broad Support
— Hope Remains?

Those are E&P’s own headlines.  Among other things, the magazine — once a weekly, now a monthly and a website — was the place where reporters, editors and other media professionals checked on news about their profession. It also was where they went to browse help-wanted ads, back when there were more of those.

This is how it has described itself:

Editor & Publisher is the authoritative journal covering all aspects of the North American newspaper industry, including business, newsroom, advertising, circulation, marketing, technology, online and syndicates.

Don’t take that word “journal” to mean an academic research journal. As its “about page” says later, it was “a trade journal for the newspaper industry,” which in recent years has made it a chronicle of the industry’s decline, while juggling its own print and online editions.

On the other hand, the fact that the magazine published its own index for so many decades has made it a valuable research resource for journalism historians. I wonder whether Editor & Publisher has a “morgue” or other resources that are being, can be or should be acquired by some J-School out there.

Very cool: I posted that question for Bill Broun, my co-editor over at http://aejmc.net/news. He fired off a quick question to E&P and got a quick answer. See his post.

Come to think of it, I wonder what it would take to get E&P added to the Google magazine search archives.

After final exams, maybe I’ll have time to see if any of these has the answer:

mild-mannered reporter who fell deeper into computers and the Web during three trips through graduate school in the 1980s and 1990s, then began teaching journalism, media studies and Web production, most recently as a faculty member at Radford University.

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