We usually focus news of comings and goings on this site solely on major metropolitan dailies, but we’ll make an exception for Lloyd’s List, which claims to be the world’s oldest daily newspaper and which is going out of print at the end of this year. The paper, which originated as a list of ship arrivals, departures and casualties that was posted on the wall of Edward Lloyd’s coffee shop in London in 1734, canvassed readers in June and discovered that fewer than 2% of them read the print edition any more. Management sounds upbeat about the transition to all-digital, which has been in the works for several months. “The digital approach offers new avenues and opportunities to innovate an up-to-the-minute service that offers in-depth news and information on every aspect of shipping,” said editor Richard Meade in a quote in the Guardian. See the links below for additional coverage. Jolly good.
For you history buffs, Google has digitized about 85 years of Lloyd’s List, beginning in 1741.
- Lloyd’s List, the world’s oldest newspaper, to give up on print (Roy Greenslade/Guardian)
- Lloyd’s List goes digital-only
- ‘World’s Oldest’ Newspaper Going Digital After 279 Years
- 279-year-old newspaper goes digital
- 279-year-old newspaper Lloyd’s List goes to digital only
- Lloyd’s List ceases print publication after 300 years