Goodbye, Human Events in print
A former colleague of mine from Regnery Publishing wrote today to say that our old sister company, Human Events, had shuttered its print edition today. While the digital version will continue, much of the staff will have to seek employment elsewhere, and it may be part of larger troubles for the company that was reportedly put up for sale last week.
The Human Events guys and gals also seemed to me the best of journalism; shoe-leather reporters of the type that has long left the mainstream media and all but left much of the blogosphere. They were always zipping in and out of our offices with a hot story, small enough that all the editors would get in on the news but large enough to have an impact throughout the years.
And I’ll always remain indebted to them; when I heard that one of my favorites, Christopher Hitchens, had summoned a crowd to protest outside the Embassy of Denmark, and rushed out to cover the event in the hopes of meeting him, they published my first article–and got me off the hook for skipping out of work.
I hope the next chapter for Human Events will be to continue its tradition of original reporting from the halls of Capitol Hill, online. We need competition in this industry, not more recycling.
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The days of “dead tree” publishing are numbered. Magazines are the first to fall due to their lag time, but newspapers won’t be far behind.
The trend is saying there won’t be many books printed on paper in the future, either.
Nonetheless, it is sad when the good ones like HE succumb to those forces.
Any connection to carrying Ann Coulter, well-known lover of RINOs and seller of principles?
It helped give us Anne! You go, Anne!
Sigh! If only some wealthy conservative had followed Glenn Reynolds’ advice and purchased Human Events, (Damn the red ink, full speed ahead), this conservative voice would remain.
Oh, and I must add, Christopher Hitchens is greatly missed. I hope you got to meet him.