Reading David Carr's jarringly accurate piece in the NY Times from Monday about the weird nature of print, digital and 2014 reading, it will come as no surprise that Golf World is ending as a print publication after 67 years.
From the release...
...Golf Digest Editor-in-Chief Jerry Tarde and President Peter Hunsinger announce today a news division that combines the best of both Golf Digest and Golf World to expand our collective digital presence. With the sports news cycle demanding immediate access to quality content, we now will offer more of what our audience wants, when they want it and where they want to get it. To that end, beginning July 28, we’ll be making the following enhancements to both our golf brands.
• Golf World will now be available exclusively on digital platforms. Instead of 31 times a year delivered in print, a week after tournaments are completed, Golf World will be delivered 50 times a year on Mondays at 7 a.m. EST, accessible on all digital devices.
• Readers of Golf World will receive the quality content free of charge, and we will honor the value of their current Golf World print subscription with Golf Digest.
• Golf World will be instantly viewable from GolfDigest.com with daily updates on the latest golf news and tour coverage.
Digital designs will be enhanced to provide more ad spreads, and mobile designs will be upgraded to provide improved functionality for fans on the road. We recognize this is a big change from how we have operated and delivered the printed Golf World magazine in the past. But this evolution allows us to increase frequency, improve delivery time, and add video reporting to better meet the expectations of today’s readers.
I'm learning this at the same time as you are, so naturally I'm looking forward to what this entails. Let's be honest, receiving the magazine days or even more after a tournament was complete just wasn't going to work going forward. So hopefully this will be a great step forward for Golf World! And to 67 great years in print...