Golf World, which has been in print since 1947, will stop printing next week. They will instead go to an all digital publication with fifty issues a year, rather than the current thirty one print issues.
Sounds like the beginning of the end to me.
The Ann Arbor News, our local paper, went all digital in 2009, with similar promises—new strategic vision; same product but delivered differently; instant updates; increased functionality. Ann Arbor dot Com quickly became completely irrelevant and unread. By 2013, it had disappeared completely and was subsumed into another site, MLive. Based on the proliferation of ads on MLive, I’d guess that they’re making money, but no one I know takes that site seriously. Just the opposite, in fact. Their poorly written, badly edited stories are a running joke with my set. (There is a twice-weekly “Ann Arbor dot Com” print edition, but as with MLive, it is mostly treated as a joke).
I can’t help but fearing a similar future for Golf Digest.