A few months ago we covered Modern Applications News Magazine’s announcement of going to an all digital format. We believed their attitude, their boldness and their leadership in taking another step toward the new direction of 21st century publishing was the right way to go. Well, we were wrong. And we’re “MAN” enough to admit it. The June 2009 digital issue of MAN was their last. This closes the doors of over four decades of manufacturing news.
In a letter announcing MAN’s demise editor Pete Nofel wrote, “It is with deep regret that I announce to my colleagues that Modern Applications News — MAN — has ceased publication after 43 years due to the economy and drop in U.S. manufacturing. The June 2009 issue was the last issue distributed. MAN’s demise came to me as much of a surprise as I’m sure this message is a surprise to you.”
So what is the future of trade publications? We think it will go the way of CNCReport.com’s format. Then again, we’re a little biased.