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Publication That Has Been Covering the Media for Almost 40 Years Shuts Down

Aug 3, 2015  •  Post A Comment

A media watchdog publication that has been in business since 1977 is shutting down. USA Today reports that American Journalism Review said it has run out of money and will shutter its online operation.

AJR, produced by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, shut down its print version in 2013, but continued with online publishing.

Said Lucy Dalglish, dean of the college: “Unfortunately, we are unable to provide the resources needed to keep AJR the vibrant, innovative online publication it deserves to be.”

In a statement, the university said the publication’s online archives will continue to be available, while new content will no longer be produced.

“AJR was known for covering the changing media landscape since its inception in 1977, featuring profiles of news organizations and providing guidance and commentary on how journalists can better use technology or cover controversial issues,” USA Today notes. “Its coverage was closely followed in the media business, along with competitors like Poynter and Columbia Journalism Review, according to a detailed autobiography of the publication.”

The print publication originated as the Washington Journalism Review.

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  1. Considering that journalism has sunk to relying on social media and covering the Kardashians or dog stories instead if reporting on real news, there really is no need for the publication any more. And mores the pity.

    • Well said. And very sad.

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