A.C. Weekly, At the Shore, Northfield Current Stop Publishing
A blunt paragraph announcement on social media Thursday morning marked the end of three more printed local newspapers or news magazines in South Jersey.
The Press of Atlantic City owner BH Media Group has stopped the publication of Atlantic City Weekly, At the Shore, and The Current of Linwood, Northfield and Somers Point effective immediately.
This announcement comes weeks after the Press of Atlantic City stopped making a print edition after 128 years and left South Jersey without daily delivery of the local newspaper.
Atlantic City Weekly was a free weekly newspaper serving Atlantic City and the Jersey Shore for nearly 40 years, with news and features about local music, casinos, dining, concerts, shows, entertainment, local history, culture, and nightlife.
Atlantic City Weekly was started as Whoot! in 1974 by Lew Steiner, when he was a junior at Stockton College, according to its Wikipedia history. Atlantic City Weekly was sold in 2000 to the publishers of Philadelphia Weekly and then acquired by BH Media Group in 2015.
The Current newspaper was a free, weekly newspaper that was delivered to communities around South Jersey every Thursday.
First published in 1997 by Catamaran Media of Marmora, the idea behind the paper was to offer comprehensive locally focused community coverage with weekly editorials, calendar listings, human interest stories, features, sports, and news.
In 2014, The Press owner BH Media acquired ownership of the newspaper chain. In September of 2022, publication of all the editions of the Current ended except The Current of Linwood, Northfield and Somers Point.
At the Shore was a weekly, entertainment and features magazine inserted into the print editions of the Press of Atlantic City each Thursday with ideas for the weekend.
When the Current was phased out, the Press of Atlantic City promised: "8,500 additional copies of At The Shore will now be available on the rack in many businesses throughout Atlantic County and Ocean City, keeping locals and visitors alike up to date on everything from dining and nightlife to concert reviews, exclusive interviews, casino news and more."
Now, all three of these publications have ceased to exist.
In an editorial-style announcement in today's digital edition of the Press of Atlantic City, attempts are made to justify or soften the announcement about these publications, but none too convincingly.
These changes create challenges, but also should create opportunities. The new format and schedules will permit different approaches to journalism as we continue and add to our service to the people of South Jersey.
The editorial also addresses the discontinuation of the Press of Atlantic City's daily delivered editions. It almost sounds like they are trying to convince themselves that they really like this change.
We’re finding that where The Press arrives in the afternoon, we can still begin our days with it if we adjust our routines. When the mail arrives, we set the newspapers aside to read them the next morning.