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Storied Jewish-American Publication The Forward Stopping Print

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By    |   Thursday, 17 January 2019 07:15 AM

The Jewish-American publication The Forward plans to stop print operations and move to digital-only, while laying off about 40 percent of its editorial staff, ending its 121-year history as a printed publication.

“The Forward is taking the next step in making our brand more relevant to our readers and more connected to their lives,” said publisher and CEO Rachel Fishman Feddersen, reports The New York Post.  

The layoffs will include Editor-in-Chief Jane Eisner. The publication will continue on in English and Yiddish online, beginning this spring, Fedderson said.

A source told The Post that the revenue was not available to keep the publication in print.

"They’ve been losing money for years but lately the losses have been more than $5 million a year," the source said.

The Forward is looking at growing its publication among readers ages 35 and younger, who prefer reading news online. That segment now amounts to about a third of the publication's readers.

“It’s a sad day for the publication,” a laid-off staffer who requested anonymity told The Post. “Hopefully, they can turn it around.”

Other key staffers being laid off include Executive Editor Dan Friedman, Digital Director David Goldiner, Design Director Kurt Hoffman and Kathleen Chambard, vice president of marketing.

The Forward Association owns the publication. Its endowment rose to more than $100 million when it sold its former Lower East Side headquarters, along with radio station WEVD.

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The Jewish-American publication The Forward plans to stop print operations and move to digital-only, while laying off about 40 percent of its editorial staff, ending its 121-year history as a printed publication.
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