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FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: The Biggest Launches Of The Year

modern2.pngNews of magazine closures was, sadly, pretty prevalent throughout 2009. But, although 428 magazines folded during the year, according to MediaFinder.com, 275 launched.

Launching a magazine or Web site in the midst of a recession is never an easy task. But we think there are a few new pubs on the block that will be around for awhile. Even mediabistro.com got in the launching spirit, debuting four new blogs this year: WebNewser, MediaJobsDaily, BayNewser and eBookNewser.

As the year closes out, here’s a look at some of the biggest launches in print and online.

Magazines
Much-anticipated travel magazine Afar celebrated its launch in August with an opulent party, pretty unheard of these days.

getmarried.jpgGet Married proved that there is still room in the bridal magazine market, despite the closure of Modern Bride and Elegant Bride this year.

And Modern added another design magazine to the mix.

Cookie may have crumbled, but Bonnier Corp. successfully split its parenting magazine into two editions, Parenting Early Years and Parenting School Years, later raising the rate base of School Years.

Other notable launches: Children’s Health, Organic Beauty, Women’s magazine VAIN and two Reader’s Digest Association launches, DIY mag Fresh Home and Rick Warren‘s Purpose Driven Connection, which folded later in the year.

After the jump, online magazine and blog launches


Online
texas tribune.pngPerhaps one of the biggest online launches this year was the non-profit investigative news organization The Texas Tribune, which debuted in November.

Other big online launches included The Atlantic‘s Atlantic Wire this fall, Mediaite over the summer and The Awl earlier in the year. Most recently, Bonnie Fuller debuted HollywoodLife.com.

Other notable launches: Online Jewish mag Tablet, the timely Recessionwire.com, Tyra Banks‘ online “magaline” Tyra: Beauty Inside & Out, crowd-sourced cookbook Food52 and Slate.com‘s women-centric Double X, which folded back into its parent site before the end of the year.

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