There is a place for NEWSWEEK in some form in a fragmented culture. We represent an opportunity to focus the attention of a large number of people on a single topic. The moment of focus may be fleeting, but there are fewer and fewer common denominators left in American life, and the conversation is not going to be enriched by having fewer still. We are not the only catcher in the rye standing between democracy and the abyss of ignorance and despair. We are one of them, though, and the task now is to find the right economic and digital means to meet our traditional ends while trying to discover a sustainable business model. Our challenges are not unique, but that does not really matter. They are still our challenges, and we must meet them.
We are not Panglossian about the issues at hand. A friend and colleague of mine made a telling point last week. He noted that our plan to raise prices, cut circulation (thus saving money on manufacturing, distribution, and subscription services), and focus more on both analysis and long-term original reporting may not be a sure bet, but it was the best bet. I still believe that, and will be making that case to potential buyers and investors. The reach of a magazine like ours has fallen through the decades for all the obvious reasons, but everything is relative. We continue to engage millions in print and digitally, here and around the world.