After 63 years, Johnson Publishing Company will no longer be printing JET magazine.
The newsweekly is officially transitioning over to digital at the end of June 2014. Although the company will publish a special print edition annually, the legendary African-American publication will be available on a weekly magazine app and will support “video interviews, enhanced digital maps, 3D charts and photography from the JPC archives.”
In a press release issued on Wednesday, Johnson Publishing Company chairman Linda Johnson Rice made a statement about the choice to shift from print to digital:
Almost 63 years ago, my father, John Johnson, named the publication JET because, as he said in the first issue, ‘In the world today, everything is moving faster. There is more news and far less time to read it. He could not have spoken more relevant words today. We are not saying goodbye to JET, we are embracing the future as my father did in 1951 and taking it to the next level.
The announcement of the shift comes on the heels of another big change at the company. JET’s former editor-in-chief Mitzi Miller was recently named editor-in-chief of EBONY Magazine, succeeding Amy DuBois Barnett who served in the role since 2010. Former JET senior editor Kyra Kyles has been named the digital editorial director to lead the magazine’s transition.