Human Events, the venerable Washington-based conservative newspaper, will cease publishing its weekly print edition after nearly 70 years but will continue to operate its popular websites, the publisher announced Wednesday.
A statement issued by Eagle Publishing Inc. said the Feb. 18 print edition of Human Events would be its last. The publication was launched in 1944.
“This was a difficult decision, and one we did not make lightly,” Publisher Joe Guerriero said in a statement. “As everyone knows, the newspaper business is a very tough business. Contrast that with the explosive growth of digital media, which we’ve seen with our own websites, HumanEvents.com and RedState.com.”
Alberto Rojas, spokesman for Eagle Publishing, confirmed that Human Events had also undergone a “restructuring” that involved staff layoffs, although he declined to give specifics. The publication printed about 40,000 copies per week and had a staff of 15 full-time employees.
Human Events is revered on the right as the granddaddy of modern conservative publications, but competition from a rash of online upstarts such as Hot Air, The Daily Caller, TheBlaze and Washington Free Beacon have cut into its readership.
Eagle Publishing had been fishing for a buyer for Human Events but was unable to find the right fit, Mr. Rojas said.
“There were some interested parties, and unfortunately we couldn’t find the right partner, so at this point our focus is on the digital platform,” he said.
Replacing Cathy Taylor as editorial director of Human Events is syndicated columnist David Harsanyi, who recently joined the publication as a staff reporter. Mr. Harsanyi, who wrote a column for The Denver Post from 2003 to 2011, served previously as editorial manager at the Mercury Ink imprint and as a columnist for TheBlaze.
Mr. Harsanyi’s book, “Obama’s Four Horsemen: The Disasters Unleashed by Obama’s Reelection,” is slated to be released Monday.
Mr. Rojas said the online Human Events would continue to offer original reporting, as well as syndicated columns by prominent conservatives such as Pat Buchanan and Ann Coulter. The website receives about 1 million hits per month while RedState gets about 1.5 million.
Founded during World War II, Human Events took its name from the first sentence of the Declaration of Independence. President Ronald Reagan called Human Events his favorite newspaper and has been quoted as saying it “helped me stop being a liberal Democrat.”
Human Events becomes the latest in a string of storied weekly news publications, including Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report, to cease their print editions and move to online-only publication.
“Eagle Publishing has willingly subsidized Human Events for quite some time now, choosing to do so to serve the cause of conservatism,” Mr. Guerriero said. “But the realities of the 24-hour news cycle and the brutal economics of a weekly print publication have become insurmountable.”
In addition to its websites, Eagle Publishing operates the conservative book division Regnery Publishing, which is publishing Mr. Harsanyi’s new book.
“While the print publication will no longer exist, we are confident Human Events’ mission to defend and promote conservatism will continue,” Mr. Guerriero said.