The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 25, 2012
 

Hashtag symbolises end of an era for Newsweek

 
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Almost 80 years after first going to print, the final Newsweek magazine hit newsstands Monday featuring an ironic hashtag as a symbol of its Twitter-era transition to an all-digital format.

The second-largest news weekly magazine in the United States has been grappling with a steep drop in print advertising revenue, steadily declining circulation and the migration of readers to free news online.

During a fierce decades-long rivalry with fellow American coffee-table staple Time magazine, Newsweek pushed the envelope with bold and often controversial covers.

Its first issue, on Feb 17, 1933, featured seven photos from that week's news printed on the front, including Adolf Hitler snapped in Berlin as he declared: "the German nation must be built up from the ground anew."