The demise of the print version of Newsweek gave me pause today to think about my own evolution on this topic.
I have been working as an independent writer for almost four years now, going back to my original career roots in journalism. (For thirty years in between I worked in healthcare marketing,primarily business, grant, proposal, and public relations writing.)
Since May 2009, I have been fortunate to be published in a number of local and regional magazines. I have thoroughly enjoyed the eclectic subjects I've reported on, but I didn't enjoy the low compensation and difficulty in actually getting that compensation. To be fair, three of the publications I worked for moved to Ebyline in the middle of my tenure and pay was turned around within days of an accepted assignment. The old way was within thirty days after publication, with stories written three to four months in advance. You might want five months for several hundred dollars, or several piles of several hundred dollars. Not fun when starting out.
Today I continue to write travel and business pieces for two regional magazines that pay slightly high from the local publications, and I also enjoy working with the editor and the people I cover.
But six months ago I had this revelation that the world around me was changing and if I didn't get on the train I was going to be standing at the tracks. I embraced my thirty years of healthcare and began to seek assignments in the digital world for healthcare organizations. Today I am doing well, learning a lot about digital marketing and improving my game.
As someone who took the "magazine" sequence at my journalism school, I never wanted to do anything but write for print. Things change. I left the newspaper business because of money. Now it was leaving me.
Newsweek had changed and eroded over the years. I stopped subscribing about two years ago and went back to Time, which I always felt was more conservative. Over the years, I believe Time came more to the middle. I also really enjoy Time's photography which is second to none.
I'm reading Time both online and print (for the photographs), and I get other magazines on my Nook. I fully made the change when I found I liked The New Yorker better on the Nook. The interface for the Nook is very easy to use and I seem to read more of the magazine because (as a new AARP member, I can see it better.)
As part of this review I took a look at a piece I wrote about Newsweek for this venue more than two years ago. Reprinted for your reading here.
JUNE 21, 2010 10:34PM
Newsweek and the Death of Print