JET Magazine released its last printed issue yesterday and plans to make its way to the digital world. The publication plans to release its app on June 30th which will give people access to their news online.
Other magazines have taken JET’s route as well. Newsweek decided to go digital in 2012, and Wired Magazine made the same leap in 2013.
JET was founded in 1951 by businessman John H. Johnson and was originally known as “The Weekly Negro News Magazine” when it was first published. Currently, JET has over seven million readers and is one of the top black magazines read among the black audience.
The publication isn’t afraid to boast that “If it wasn’t in JET, it didn’t happen.”
Some of the featured black figures featured on the final printed issue include Martin Luther King Jr, Aretha Franklin, Arsenio Hall and Oprah Winfrey.