On Monday morning, the last print version of Newsweek will hit newsstands, and the final cover for the magazine showcases the history of the paper while ushering in the digital age.
The company on Sunday debuted a full-sized version of its final print cover. The final shot features a black and white view of the company’s New York City office building, nestled around the cities famous iconic buildings. The shot is met with a very modern hashtag that reads: #LastPrintIssues.
Newsweek, after nearly 80 years in circulation, announced in October that it would shut down its print production after advertising sales slumped. Newsweek joined a growing list of advertisers who are turning away from print editions to focus on digital circulation.
As the company exits 2012, it will preparing for a new start in 2013 in which it will become an online-only publications known as Newsweek Global. According to the company, the new publications 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.”
Newsweek merged with online publication The Daily Beast two years ago, and, combined, they now pull in more than 15 million unique visitors per month.
The magazine’s covers have made more news than its actual articles in recent years including a May 2012 issue in which the magazine featured President Obama with a colorful halo over his head and the words “The First Gay President” strewn across the page.
Will you miss the print edition of Newsweek, or was it time for the magazine to exit the print market?