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The newspaper trade journal Editor & Publisher is shutting down immediately, its owner, the Nielsen Company, announced Thursday. It's been around 108 years, such a fixture that word of its disappearance hits with existential force: if it's not there to care whether newspapers exist, how will we know we do?
E & P switched from weekly to monthly publication in 2003, as it focused on its web operations. Its savvy Chicago-based editor-at-large, Mark Fitzgerald, produced valuable podcasts on pretty much a daily basis with associate editor Jennifer Saba in New York. Here they announce that the blog they wrote together will continue "at least for some interim period."
According to this AP story, Nielsen is also closing its Kirkus Reviews, while selling off a number of other publications.