Editor & Publisher, a 125-year old magazine covering the newspaper industry, shut its doors December 31. We reported earlier on a possible savior for the publication. Now, in a final news update at the E&P website, editor Greg Mitchell announces that there has been some interest in the magazine, saying “Several possible buyers have stepped forward but any firm agreement, we’re told, is at least two weeks away.”
Mitchel’s tone is hopeful, but he doesn’t give any details about who these possible buyers might be. “There appears to be a fairly good chance that Editor & Publisher will resume but we cannot say when or in precisely what form,” he writes.
In an email to iMediaEthics, Mitchell said “I can’t really say much now except that it is still true that we expect to hear something within two weeks.” He also said, the E&P staff has yet to scatter to other publications. “As far as I know, no one has left for another publication,” he writes.
In the meantime, some of the E&P staff is now blogging at “E&P In Exile.” Mitchell also writes that E&P hopes the blog will be “merely an ‘interim.’” “The blog became super-popular quickly and we certainly appreciate that,” Mitchell said to Stinkyjournalism in his email. For any who would miss the magazine’s content and commentary, we can expect to find at least some continuation there.
On a side note, Mitchell writes that he’s also been “busying” himself on an unrelated project: a web video series on the history of rock and roll.