Some Newsweek editorial staffers will start clearing out desks today following word of eliminated positions as the weekly ceases print publication and moves to an all-digital format in the new year, observes Grumpy Editor.
The magazine, originally labeled News-Week, first rolled off presses in 1933. The plan to go all-digital was announced two months ago.
Final print edition will be dated Dec. 31.
In announcing the staff cuts, Editor Tina Brown yesterday said, “This is a very difficult day, and one that we approach with enormous regret."
Brown, earlier in the day, announced three promotions:
Newsweek executive editor Justine Rosenthal will become editorial director of Newsweek Daily Beast Co.; Tunku Varadarajan, executive editor of Newsweek International, will become editor of Newsweek Global, while Newsweek.com editor Deidre Depke also will be editor of companion website The Daily Beast.