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From AJR,   April/May 2007  issue

Still Going   

By Lauren W. Burton
Lauren W. Burton is an AJR editorial assistant.     

"The fact is that all three of the weeklies, their territory beset as never before by newspapers, television and other magazines–and losing ground to all of them–are reaching every week for ways to transcend the grind of their calling."

(Charles Trueheart writing in the Washington Post, 1989)

"Small-size, less elaborate versions of what used to be Life, Look and the Saturday Evening Post ... I'd be very surprised if they're all here in 10 years."

(Media critic Ben Bagdikian quoted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1992)

"They are putting life-support machinery on a dying subject. The heart can take only so many shots of adrenaline before it gives up ... [A]s a force in American journalism, their day is gone."

(Joseph C. Goulden of Accuracy In Media quoted in Folio Magazine, 1993)

"Unable to cope with the rise of television and the (in some respects) much improved quality of the surviving daily newspapers, the newsweeklies have waned in influence. They do not know what they are supposed to be doing, and if they don't find out, they probably won't survive."

(Tom Bethell writing in National Review, 1995)

"If you have a local paper and the New York Times every day, why do you need Time or Newsweek?"

(Bill Kovach, founding chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists and former New York Times Washington bureau chief, on NPR's "Morning Edition," 1997)

"The idea simply of telling the news at the end of the week–seven days go by, you have instant news, as we say, 24 hours, and you fellows have succeeded in becoming dinosaurs, expendable dinosaurs ... You really have no right to exist."

(Bernard Kalb, cohost of CNN's "Reliable Sources,"1998)

"I mean, I work for a newsweekly. They've been dead for 20 years!"

(Marc Peyser, senior editor of arts & entertainment for Newsweek, on CNN's "Showbiz Tonight," 2005)