April 18, 2014
Medical association drops decades-old newspaper

Model not sustainable, readers gone online, publisher says

08/15/2013

American Medical Association, Chicago, will cease publishing its 43-year-old newspaper because of declining revenue.

American Medical News will cease publishing on Sept. 9. AMA officials cited the decline of the business model for newspapers.

AMA periodic publications publisher and SVP Thomas Easley said the newspaper was "unable to generate an operating surplus" in the past 10 years despite editorial excellence. AM News faced declining advertising revenues and took a hit by reader migration to online and digital platforms to get information. Easley said the publication "is not sustainable from a business perspective.”

AM News circulation is 230,000. It has won numerous industry awards for reporting, writing and design. The closure, which includes shuttering the newspaper's website AmedNews.com, affects 20 full-time staff in Chicago, Washington and New Jersey. Details: www.ama-assn.org.


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