CCM Magazine Stopping Its Print Version

I was surprised to read that CCM will be stopping the print version of its magazine. Although I have not read CCM in decades, I grew up on this magazine, and when I was a teen it played an important part in informing my faith through Christian music and artists that I enjoyed.

The April 2008 issue of the Christian music magazine CCM will be its last, Salem Communications announced late yesterday.

CCM Magazine readers tell us they want more information and want it faster than can be delivered in a monthly printed magazine,” Jim Cumbee, Publisher and President of Non-Broadcast Media said in a press release. “Accordingly, we will discontinue the printed version of CCM Magazine to put increased energies toward the continued growth and enhancement of our comprehensive Christian music and entertainment online network.”

In the May 2007 issue of the magazine, editor Jay Swartzendruber announced that CCM no longer stood for “Contemporary Christian Music.” The acronym, he said, stood for “Christ • Community • Music,” and the magazine would shift away from covering Christian music by its label or distribution in an effort “to raise the profile of independent and general market artists of faith.”

So, do you know of other print magazines that have moved to online only? Is this the beginning of a trend for print media in general?

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