Don’t Cry for New York Magazine and Journalism (Yet, Anyway)

Via: Tuned In

Yesterday, we got some very bad news about a legendary magazine and the future of journalism. Or did we? New York magazine, an award-winning weekly that has chronicled news and arts for decades, announced that starting in March it will go biweekly, publishing 26 issues a year. It was cause for consternation: “If New York cannot hack it as a weekly,” Andrew Sullivan wrote, “no magazine can.” (Disclosure: TIME is a weekly. Still! As far as I know!) It was cause for triumphalism: “We were not joking when we told you thousands of times that print is dead,” wrote Hamilton Nolan in Gawker. And in the New York Times’ report, it was taken as a larger sign of distress in journalism: “something palpable and intrinsically thrilling will be lost with the change in rhythm to a magazine that has been hitting the streets on a weekly basis for more than four decades.” Except! That same Times story noted that New York is not laying off staff; in fact, it will be hiring staff for the magazine’s already busy website. It will plow the savings from printing less often into digital publishing. As a magazine–a physical thing–New York may be cutting back. As a news organization, it is–for now at least–growing. Palpable? Maybe not. But at least potentially thrilling. All this illustrates something we need to remember when we talk about the media business, its changes, and its (very real) problems paying for itself. The physical form of journalism is not the journalism itself. A little religious digression here. I’m Jewish–a bad, secular Jew, but Jewish nonetheless–but my dad was Catholic and I went to church as a kid. One thing that they used to impress on us was the difference between a church (the building) and The Church (the institution, the faith). One is physical, one metaphysical; one is bricks and mortar, one is constituted in the people who practice it. Likewise with journalism. I love New York magazine. I’d be crushed if it went away. But right now I

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