Taipei, The Journalist, a 34-year-old Chinese language weekly political magazine, issued a statement Thursday announcing that its last print edition will appear on Feb. 4, though the magazine will continue to publish content online.
As a result of changing media environment and reading habits brought about by the internet, the magazine’s print readership has declined. The Journalist must actively transform itself in order to survive, the publication said in a statement.
“We hope to pass on the traditional values of The Journalist with a new approach in this new era,” the magazine said, adding that it will continue to evaluate the feasibility of future print editions.
Currently owned by David Chang (張果軍), who also chairs Taiwan’s online news outlet Storm Media, The Journalist will publish its 1,770th and final issue on Feb. 4.
Print edition subscribers whose membership expires after Feb. 4 will enjoy free year-long access to the digital version of the magazine and the Wall Street Journal, The Journalist said.
Subscribers will receive a refund for the remaining issues of their paid print subscription if they do not want to transfer to the digital edition, it added.
Launched prior to the lifting of Martial law in September 1987, the magazine sought to be a flag-bearer for a free press, democracy and social justice, in addition to providing “a voice that Taiwan cannot be without. ”
The Journalist also offered analysis on news and current affairs with a group of renowned editors including veteran political commentators Wang Chien-chuang (王健壯) and Antonio Chiang (江春男).
In the nearly 34 years since its launch, the magazine has chronicled major events in Taiwan’s political democratization. At its height, The Journalist sold about 100,000 copies an issue, which made it profitable without advertising revenue.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel