The Catholic Review, which has covered the news in Baltimore since 1833 and has been the bi-weekly newspaper of record for the archdiocese, will soon become a glossy monthly magazine.
The Oct. 29 issue of the Catholic Review will be the last issue “in newspaper format,” the organization announced on Facebook:
“Starting in Advent, a new Catholic Review MAGAZINE will be delivered to parishes and homes in the Archdiocese. Four times a year, including the Advent/December issue which should arrive around Nov. 20, the magazine will be mailed directly to your home. Eight times a year, you will receive the magazine at your local parish at Mass.”
“We’re not in the newspaper business, we’re in the news business,” editor and associate publisher Chris Gunty told The Sun. “The question is, how do we reach people in a landscape that’s changing even as we speak? We’re continuing to look for ways to stay relevant and to spread the church’s message to as many people as we can.”
In addition to the new magazine format which will have a circulation of 170,000, Catholic Review Media will enhance its website and social media offerings, and the digital edition will be available at no charge.
“We are also adding two new ways for you to connect to your local parish and to the archdiocese,” according to the Facebook post. “FlockNote, an email and texting tool, will provide an easy way for your parish to contact you with important news about the parish and the archdiocese. myParish, an app for Android and Apple mobile phones and tablets, provides daily readings and prayers and many more ways to be engaged with your faith.”
With circulation declining, the newspaper had switched from weekly publication to a bi-weekly schedule in 2012.