The Onion stops the presses, quits print

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Print is dead, at least for the Onion. The publication just announced that it's closing shop on its last three print editions, in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Providence, Rhode Island. 

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December 12 is the street date for final print issues. At its peak, the Onion had 17 papers across the nation, including one in Minneapolis. Over the years, dwindling advertising has forced the business to retreat and focus on online strategies.

"It's sad to see a print edition no longer exist, but it's important to see the Onion succeed," says Mike McAvoy, president of Onion Inc.

While hard copies of the Onion will cease production, the publication, known for its quirky humor, will continue online. Over the past couple of years, the company has created quite a few popular video segments, including a men's fashion series for DSW (the first of which demonstrated the usefulness of shoe boxes for burying pets).

The Onion was started in 1988 by a few students in Madison, Wisconsin. It celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

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Branden Strot
Branden Strot

what am i supposed to read when i go to green mill once every few years, or waiting for the show at BNW?

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

City Pages needs an editor.  The Onion was not "known for it's quirky humor."  That is not an English phrase.  Perhaps The Onion was "known for ITS quirky humor," but as soon as there's an apostrophe in their, its not English anymore.

See what I did there?  Two things, actually.

It may seem like a picky, snooty, snobby nit to pick, but if you're going to make a living using the English language, you need to act as though you gave a fuck.  Everyone else can say, "I could care less,"  or "It's a mute point," or "Irregardless."  They aren't using the language as a professional tool.

Sujan Kumar Mathur
Sujan Kumar Mathur

For the longest time that's the only way i knew it existed..then i discovered the website

Dianne Nelson
Dianne Nelson

Nothing quite like the Onion... Some of my best laughing...

Sujan Kumar Mathur
Sujan Kumar Mathur

Didn't they stop it awhile ago? I always loved grabbing one everyday.

Hans Dykema
Hans Dykema

What am I supposed to read while I'm eating at a restaurant?

Daniel Wolter
Daniel Wolter

The Onion had print versions? I did not know that.

IMBRIGLICATING
IMBRIGLICATING

@swmnguy  Hey, fuck you.  "Irregardless" is an awesome word.  I say if it's been misused in the name of hyperbole for over 100 years, then it deserves a bit of respeck.

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