American Journalism Review To Cease Online Publication
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August 3, 2015

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – American Journalism Review will no longer be published by the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. “Over many decades, American Journalism Review has been an incredible value both to the college and to American journalists,” said Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish. “Unfortunately, we are unable to provide the resources needed to keep AJR the vibrant, innovative online publication it deserves to be.”

Although no longer publishing original content, the AJR website  and its archives will remain available online.

A Brief History of American Journalism Review

First published as Washington Journalism Review, the magazine was founded in 1977 by American University graduate student Roger Kranz. In 1979, it was purchased by Ambassador Henry Catto and his wife, Jessica Hobby Catto.

WJR came to College Park in 1987, when then-Dean Reese Cleghorn took over control of the financially struggling magazine. In 1993, the publication was renamed American Journalism Review. AJR was based at the College of Journalism and owned by the University of Maryland Foundation. In 2011, ownership of the magazine was transferred to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

AJR was dependent on advertising and philanthropy during the years it was a print publication.
Originally published 11 times per year with a large staff, it ultimately moved to three issues per year and in the last two years as a print publication had an editor, part-time copy editor and free-lance writers and designers. Rem Rieder, who left AJR in 2013 to become a media columnist and editor at USA Today, also taught classes for students enrolled in a capstone American Journalism Review class.

Following Rieder’s departure, the College absorbed the magazine into the curriculum, publishing exclusively online with content designed and generated by students and focused on media innovation and entrepreneurship. Lisa Rossi was named news editor for the online edition of AJR in October 2013, co-teaching the AJR capstone class with Merrill’s Visiting Professor of Digital Innovation Leslie Walker.  They were assisted by Capital News Service College Park Bureau Chief Sean Mussenden. Rossi departed in March for a digital editing position at the Des Moines Register.

“Over the past two years, we have been enormously grateful to the University of Maryland for financially supporting the online magazine as part of our curriculum,” Dalglish said.  “It was a valuable lesson in innovation and entrepreneurship for our students. We plan to use the lessons we’ve learned in those classes to provide a new digital publishing capstone class.”

For more information contact:

Dean Lucy Dalglish
Philip Merrill College of Journalism

  • Guy Priel

    I will certainly miss you. I have been a follower of AJR in all its forms since the 1990s. Rest in Peace and best wishes.

  • persham kumar

    It is a fantastic website and providing valuable information, i am fan of that website

  • Randy Burton

    I worked for the magazine when it was Washington Journalism Review for about 4 years as Advertising Manager and Advertising Director before the rise of online publishing. Ironically, I learned about AJR’s demise from the Dean of my alma mater, UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism. I met her for the first time during a celebration/unveiling of the UNC School’s new name, told her a little about my background, and then she mentioned the news about American Journalism Review. Sadly, I had not been following AJR for many years. Now I’ll just have to reminisce and enjoy the archives.

  • Arun Saini

    Great article with useful information. I’m also want to start publication but don’t know where to start with. By the way thaks for sharing this information.

  • Anand Soni

    It is great article and it heaving very good information regarding the topics and who has interest in journalism they must read the full article

  • Ethan Jacob

    My thank you for expecting continued success with the authorities there are millions of people come easy, but I guess I did not bring the economic language