British newspaper ‘The Independent’ printed its last edition on Friday 25th March after being operational for 30 years. The edition that reached its readers was the last printed edition of the paper which has seen and reported a lot since its inception in 1986. After ‘Today’ closed in 1995, The Independent is the only second newspaper to have stopped its printed publication. Known as a newspaper leaning towards the left, The Independent actively criticized the war in Iraq in 2003.
The last hours were emotional as the banged the desks as they do when a colleague departs. Of course now the Independent will have an online only presence. The editorial termed the transition as ‘bold’ and read history will be the judge of this decision. The Independent sold 420,000 copies at its peak and was selling nearly 40,000 copies in recent times. Online journalism has put enormous pressure on print media as many other print publications might be forced to go digital.
In a tribute, The Guardian wrote, “Great newspapers which have survived for centuries find their business models challenged as never before. So no one will celebrate the end of the Independent in print.” From now on Independent.co.uk will be the sole home of 70 million online Independent readers. After these changes there might be some layoffs on the cards. Independent contributor Simon Usborne said in a tweet, “Vain scramble for final-edition bylines begins.” and Tom Peck tweeted, “The whiskey’s out. Nothing would amuse me more than a massive breaking news story right now.”