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Press Gazette to become online-only edition


By Jennifer Faull, Deputy Editor

January 5, 2013 | 2 min read

Press Gazette, the print trade title for UK journalists, has announced it is axing its quarterly print edition in favor of focusing its resources on a weekly digital edition, iPhone app and website.

Editor, Dominic Ponsford, told the Guardian that the quarterly print edition of Press Gazette – which replaced the monthly edition in June last year – commercially "did not pan out as well as we had hoped".

In addition to the digital move, the Press Gazette will also host a string of events on media law and online publishing.

Ponsford also continued: "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."

He continued: "To coin a dreadful phrase, we are genuinely 'platform' neutral nowadays and have to be fleet of foot in terms of presenting our journalism in the way our readers want to get it. I'm excited about our weekly digital magazine, daily newsletter, mobile app and redesigned website and just feel you have to be practical about marshalling your resources to focus on where the most growth is.

"Persuading journalists to pay a premium price for a print product is tough in a market like ours, which is saturated with free information. We gave the new quarterly our best shot and it was brilliantly received by those who got it, the rise in new subs was encouraging but not sufficient to make it viable," he said.

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