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No joke! The Onion ending last print editions

on November 09, 2013 10:49 AM

CHICAGO (AP) — In poking fun at current events, the satirical newspaper The Onion often finds a way to heap ridicule on the newspaper industry.

But just like some of the news outlets it lampoons, the Onion announced Friday it is ending the last of its print editions and moving to an all-online format.

Print advertising revenue has been drying up during the transition to a digital-dominated media landscape.

Onion Inc. President Mike McAvoy says its focus has been on “growing the digital side” of the business.

The last print editions — in Providence, R.I.; Milwaukee; and the paper’s home city of Chicago — will run on Dec. 12.

McAvoy says that “while the print edition is an important part” of its history, the company is excited about new digital opportunities.

Started by two students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988, the free satirical weekly has made people laugh for a quarter-century with headlines such as this one from its latest edition: “Giant burrito to solve all of Area Man's problems for 6 precious minutes.”

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