As confirmed by Alan Rusbridger last week, the Guardian’s technology supplement is to cease print publication in December (its closure was first reported by paidContent:UK in June 2009).
Today, Guardian Technology editor Charles Arthur reflects on the supplement’s 26 years in print, and outlines part of the economic reason for going online-only:
“In part it has been the internet that has hastened the end of the physical version of this section, as more classified job adverts have migrated to online job sites such as Guardian Jobs (jobs.guardian.co.uk, in case you’re looking); there have also been the arctic winds of the recession, which seems to be hitting the UK harder than many other countries around the world.”
Are other Guardian supplements at risk?
Journalism.co.uk recently reported comments by the Guardian sports columnist Martin Kelner that the paper could make its Monday media section online-only, a suggestion flatly denied by the paper’s press office:
“Monday’s Media Guardian is a must read for everyone in the industry. It is highly valued editorially and commercially – we have no plans to transfer it to online only.”