Brian Kelly Discusses Re-inventing the Weekly Newsmagazine

For Immediate Release:
April 29, 2009
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
Brian Kelly Discusses Re-inventing the Weekly Newsmagazine

For much of the 20th century, the weekly newsmagazine was an essential habit for many households. It was often a step up from the daily newspaper in depth and sophistication, weaving a coherent narrative out of the chaos of global events. The magazines’ covers validated news events and newsmakers.


Those days are gone. Along with newspapers and many other magazines, the business model that supported weekly newsmagazines is broken. While there are still plenty of readers who like to get information in print, the cost of providing it in that form no longer makes sense – a fact that has been exacerbated by the current severe recession.


U.S. News and World Report editor Brian Kelly discusses the challenges facing print journalism during a presentation titled Re-inventing the Weekly Newsmagazine on Wednesday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


The program inaugurates the Library’s Figuring Out the Future of Print Journalism series. 


U.S. News & World Report, founded 76 years ago, has been one of the most aggressive media companies when it comes to changing its business model yet trying to stick to its core values. The company now publishes a print monthly, a digital weekly, and a website daily. In a given week, U.S. News & World Report publishes far more information than ever before, and reaches more readers. The website alone is used by almost 9 million people a month, and it is still growing.


Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to RSVP online. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.

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