DisciplesWorld, an award-winning magazine that covered the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as an independent journal, is shutting its doors after eight years of publication.
“We’ve made a valiant effort,” publisher and editor Verity A. Jones said in a December 16 statement that cited declining subscription and advertising revenue and a decrease in charitable gifts.
DisciplesWorld had come close to ceasing publication several times in recent years but had been able to continue after receiving a major grant. It had also switched to bi-monthly publication after originally being published 10 times annually.
Over the last 12 months, however, paid circulation dropped 9 percent after having declined 21 percent the previous year, the nonprofit journal reported. “Eliminating staff positions, lowering salaries, and reducing magazine frequency and pages did not close the gap,” Jones said.