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Independent print and online magazine Yewth today announced it would wind up operations from the end of this month, citing increased publishing costs for its closure.

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The Adelaide youth culture magazine, which runs on a team of four partners and multiple contributors, said in a statement this morning that the project “cannot continue to exist on passion alone.”

“Printing magazines is expensive in itself, not to mention the countless hours of work put into every piece of content in print and online,” it said.

“From the start, our aim was to showcase the people behind Adelaide’s music and arts scene in a way that was accessible to everyone.

“It hasn’t been easy, but we’ve been up for the challenge and believe we’ve been able to achieve this and more.”

The free magazine, which launched four years ago, reported on Adelaide arts, music and culture, with a specific focus on youth-based events and issues.

Yewth editor in chief Caleb Sweeting said it was a “tough decision” to close the magazine, given the publication’s history as a starting platform for aspiring journalists.

He said he hoped the publication would leave a legacy in Adelaide’s music and culture scene.

“The Adelaide music and arts scene is pumping and I think another publication could come in and cover it but they would have to do it in a way that can be sustained because the print industry is so tough at the moment,” he said.

“We could have gone down the path of just going online, like other publications have done, but then even sustaining an online publication can be hard and so many publications have done that only to announce 12 months down the track that they would have to stop that too.

“It’s been difficult but I hope we’ve made a lasting impact on Adelaide’s music and arts scene and hope someone else can pick it up.”

South Australian music and entertainment magazine Rip It Up stopped publishing in 2016 after 27 years – the last two as a digital-only product.

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