In the second stunner piece of news regarding local media outlets of the last four months, 7x7 magazine announced this morning that they are ceasing print publication after their March 2015 issue. They will continue as an all-digital publication, per an email statement from Editor-in-Chief Chloe Harris. This news follows the abrupt October closure of the venerable San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Says Harris, "Saying farewell to print is bittersweet. For more than a decade, we have relished a creative process that has fed our souls, and the people we have met along the way have become our family and friends. But the growing challenges of the publishing industry are well known to all of us, and the future is online."
She notes that 7x7.com has doubled its traffic in the last year, now numbering 600,000 unique users a month, which is ten times what their print circulation is.
Some layoffs are occurring today, we're told, as the staff count will necessarily get slimmer without the monthly demands of producing a print publication.
Harris adds that the company will occasionally produce special print issues, like their annual City Guide. And, she says, "We remain committed to the quality of the 7x7 brand and its mission to be the premier lifestyle destination for San Francisco. 7x7.com will double our audience over the next 12 months, engaging both the SF Bay Area and the global community that increasingly seeks to travel and relocate here."
Cherish that March issue, 7x7 fans. And later keep in the stack with your beloved back issues of Gourmet.