Amid huge Apple news, Macworld ending its print run and slashing staff

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Macworld magazine debuted the same week as the Macintosh computer in 1984. Today, following Apple’s biggest day of new product announcements in years, word has come that the print version of Macworld is no more.

Macworld—which is owned by Boston-based International Data Group—will put out its last print issue in November, IDG said in a statement:

We will transition our U.S. consumer media brands, including Macworld and PCWorld, to a network sales strategy to provide the scale consumer advertisers desire. As a result, Macworld will move to an all-digital format comparable to the one currently in place for PCWorld. The November issue will be the last print edition of Macworld in the United States. 

Jobs have been cut at Macworld as part of the changes, according to editor Dan Miller:

Jason Snell, formerly Macworld’s editor and most recently an SVP with IDG, wrote that “many of my colleagues lost their jobs today.” IDG confirmed in its statement that “U.S. staff positions have been eliminated,” but did not specify how many.

The move comes after IDG ended the print run for Computerworld, the first of IDG’s many publications, in June; the last print issue of PC World was August 2013.

Patrick J. McGovern, the founder of IDG, died in March at the age of 76.

Kyle Alspach has worked in journalism in Massachusetts since 2005 and was one of the original staff writers at BetaBoston.
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