Friday, December 17, 2010

Episcopal Church news publications to cease with January issues

From ELO-

Episcopal News Monthly, a newspaper printed in conjunction with diocesan partners, and Episcopal News Quarterly, a supplement to certain diocesan quarterly news magazines, will cease publication with the January 2011 issues.

The final issues of both publications, which will be produced before Christmas, mark the end of the Episcopal Church's 50 years as a newspaper publisher. Episcopal News Service will continue to operate online, offering a mix of news stories, commentary, photos and video reports. The ENS website is due for a major redesign in 2011.

ENS, a descendant of the Diocesan Press Service that once mailed Episcopal Church news releases to communicators, also offers an e-mailed daily digest of the news that was posted online that day, along with other daily features. Reader can subscribe here.

"Diversion of our very limited staff and resources to support these publications is now impacting the news gathering and dissemination for the wider church," said Anne Rudig, director of the Episcopal Church's Office of Communication. "Discontinuing the print publications will allow the news team to ramp up the coverage for the online news service."

The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg, outgoing ENM and ENQ editor, thanked the publications' subscribers and other readers.

"I am grateful for their participation in this first and last year of the two publications and we hope to see them all online," she said. "I and my colleagues also appreciate the relationships we have had with our printing partners and communicators. We look forward to continuing to collaborate on our mission to tell the church's story and help spread the gospel."

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