American Go Journal

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The American Go Journal was published by the American Go Association beginning in 1949, making it the first English language periodical on the topic of Go. It was published bi-monthly through 1980, and then quarterly through 2003. Various indexes and archives are available at [ext]

In April 2000 the Journal was supplemented by the American Go E-Journal, delivered by e-mail with more timely news, tournament reports, and other such. Emphasis gradually shifted from the printed journal to the e-journal over the next three years, with commented games added for AGA members only. Finally Chris Garlock published the following in both the June 9th, 2003 E-Journal and the Spring 2003 print Journal:

Two years ago we began publishing the American Go E-Journal, a weekly email newsletter providing go news and tournament reports. Since then we've expanded content several times, adding reviews of go books and software, commented game records, a classified section and more comprehensive coverage of go news worldwide. The E-Journal's readership is now nearly 5,500 worldwide, while the Journal goes to the 1,400 full members of the AGA. In short, we now have an expensive and infrequent publication with a small readership and an inexpensive and frequent publication with a large (and rapidly growing) readership. The Journal editors propose merging the strengths of both publications by shifting financial resources into dramatically enhanced content for the E-Journal and cutting the costs of the print Journal by reducing the publication frequency to once a year.

Shortly after this, publication of the American Go Journal ceased. Instead a printed Yearbook was distributed at the end of each year, plus a CD containing an archive of all E-Journal content for the year.

See also: Go Magazine

American Go Journal last edited by RiffRaff on November 19, 2005 - 00:18
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