Tuesday, June 9, 2009

JazzTimes confirms troubles

I just spotted this fresh posting today on JazzTimes' Web site, jazztimes.com.

An Important Message From JazzTimes Management To our readers and members of the jazz community: JazzTimes has temporarily suspended publication of the magazine and has furloughed the bulk of its staff while it finalizes a sale of its assets. The brand and operation will undergo reorganization and restructuring in order to remain competitive in the current media climate. Print publishing is expected to resume as soon as a sale is closed. New information and statements will be posted at http://www.jazztimes.com/ as they become available. Thank you for your patience during this challenging period. JazzTimes Management

All I can say to follow up on my weekend posting is that the newspaper and magazine industries have been socked hard this year, particularly through ad revenue declines. Let's hope JazzTimes does inded live on as a print publication, and in the interim, electronically through its newly launched "community" - as well as staff postings as much as possible on the Web site. It may have to re-invent itself. Stay tuned. - KF

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