Sam Whitmore at MediaSurvey (a paid registration site, and a Vario customer…) broke the news yesterday that IDG (Vario also has done several projects for IDG companies) would stop publishing the print version of Infoworld Magazine.
InfoWorld will announce on Monday that it is discontinuing its print edition, sources tell SWMS. There may be other aspects to the reported announcements.
David Churbuck notes on his blog that:
“…it’s not a big surprise, nor, does it mean anything especially dire or negative about the ongoing strength of the InfoWorld franchise online.”
Former Inforworld reporter and veteran tech media hand Jim Forbes has an excellent bit on his blog here.
My take: expect to see more niche publications expedite their transition from print to online, esp. in tech where changes happen so fast that long print publishing cycles leave them reporting yesterday’s news, when compared with their online counterparts. As Churbuck notes, online vs. print is only a question of how the material is delivered.
The big question will be how they will fare at maintaining ad revenue and journalistic standards.