When music went digital it didn’t take long for independent record shops to start feeling the impact, it was only a matter of time then, when music journalism became so instant that the print media began to suffer the same fate as all those record shops. All of us at The 405 are very sad to hear that today, after nine years of top music journalism The Word is shutting down its printers and making their August issue their last. The full announcement published on the magazines website read as follows;

We regret to announce that the August issue of The Word, which will be published in the second week of July, will be the last.

In the nine years since the magazine launched there have been dramatic changes in the media and the music business. These changes have made it more difficult for a small independent magazine to survive and provide its staff with a living. This hasn't been made any easier by the economic climate of the wider world.

We would like to thank all the staff members past and present, plus the writers, photographers, illustrators, artists, PRs and advertisers who have helped make the magazine what it has been. We also want to thank the backers who have supported us throughout.

Most of all we want to thank you, the readers. Your heartfelt involvement with the magazine - via its pages, its website, its events and its podcasts - have made the last nine years one of the most satisfying periods of our working lives. Mark has written about this in greater detail in the August issue.

The website will remain open for the immediate future as a point of contact. We will be writing to subscribers with their copy of the August issue.

When we came up with that slogan - "The Word - a magazine, a website, a podcast, a way of life" - we were being a bit tongue in cheek. But it was, wasn't it?