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If you’ve ever seen a copy of Newton Living magazine, then I don’t have to tell you how terrific it is, or rather, was. That’s because this week John Sisson, the glossy magazine’s publisher and editor, sent the following note to contributors saying he is putting his magazine on “hiatus.”

Hi,
The March/April issue of Newton Living is arriving in local mailboxes this week. It’s our best issue yet, and it may be our last. Unfortunately, we have to put the print publication on hiatus. Ad revenues were growing—just not quickly enough. We are taking some time to rethink the business model and, with any luck, we may be able to reboot Newton Living.
I can tell you that Newton Living has a lot of fans—thousands of them. With your help, we created a publication that provided Newton readers with something sorely missing from today’s media options: great local content, beautifully presented. Thank you for helping me to make this magazine as good as it is.
With my sincere thanks,
John
I know a few things bout publishing and how hard it is to get a project off the ground — let along sustain it. Glossy magazines are especially hard; they’re expensive to produce and if they only come monthly or, as with Newton Living, less frequently,  the ad revenue for each issue is critical.
Still John and his team should be incredibly proud of their endeavor. The story selection was terrific. The writing was smart. And the photography and design was gorgeous.
This is a big loss for our city.






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