The Onion Abandons All Print Editions (Not a Joke)

Satirical publication will stop issuing print copies Dec. 12

The Onion is going out of print.

The 25-year-old satirical news publication will stop publishing print copies with its Dec. 12 issue and remain a digital-only outlet.

“It’s sad to see a print edition no longer exist, but it’s important to see the Onion succeed,” Onion Inc. president Mike McAvoy said in an interview with Crain’s Chicago Business.

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The Onion had reduced its print footprint steadily over the years; in 2010, it announced plans to franchise print editions, effectively outsourcing its print and reducing the cost. Currently, the newspaper is only issued in three cities: Chicago; Milwaukee, and Providence, R.I.

In an effort to cut costs, The Onion moved its editorial staff from New York to the company’s Chicago headquarters in 2012.