Newsweek Global, as the all-digital publication will be named, 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 Global will be supported by paid subscription and will be available through e-readers for both tablet and the Web, with select content available on The Daily Beast.
The death of the newsweek.com URL marks the official end of what was once a fully staffed and hugely trafficked site in its own right.
According to this article in New York Magazine, on July 19th the Newsweek URL will no longer exist. instead, all users will be redirected to the Daily Beast, its sister site.
Are there distinguishable factors that led to the demise of Newsweek or is it just one of many publications to submit to the pressures of new media?
The "Diana at 50" issue is, on the one hand, a heck of an attention-getting stunt for the struggling weekly, and a chance at last to show off some of that vintage Tina Brown shamelessness that’s been so restrained since she took over as editor in March. On the other hand, when you’re a magazine with the word “news” in your name, devoting a cover story to an elaborate piece of fanfic doesn’t exactly spell “journalistic credibility.” Come with Newsweek, won’t you, on a journey to alterna-2011, a place where a princess emerged unscathed from a Paris tunnel in 1997, and Helen Mirren surely does not have an Academy Award. On the magazine’s cover, a Diana with dark lines on her face to signify the cruel passage of time is disastrously Photoshopped next to the newlywed Duchess of Cambridge, while inside, the magazine imagines her gamely clutching an iPhone – the better to tweet from.
In her introductory note, [Tina Brown] writes that the new Newsweek will be “about filling the gaps left when a story has seemingly passed, or resetting the agenda, or coming up with an insight or synthesis that connects the crackling, confusing digital dots.” Having read the new issue front-to-back, I can report that the gaps remain, the agenda has not shifted, and the crackling, confusing digital dots are still scattered at random on the floor.