It was a surprise even to employees, but Nielsen Business Media opted Thursday to close Editor & Publisher
after 125 years as it sold a batch of its properties.
E & P was, as one might expect given its endurance, venerable in furnishing weekly information on the craft and its industry. It was dispassionate in its examination of print and online journalism, the business models of media, the technology involved, and the means by which it was made, underwritten and marketed.
A subscription was considered --- at least at one time --- a prerequisite for understanding the business of journalism. It used to run pages of classified job listings, and when that diminished, so seemingly did the business model that had sustained it.
It had flourished journalistically online, arriving topically in a timely way when the newsweekly was no longer as relevant. And one has to believe something will emerge to take its place; journalism is hardly disappearing and its industry is hardly small.