TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Slate Puts The Big Money Out to Pasture

thebigmoney07302010.pngSlate has ceased publication of its The Big Money business and economic news site, according to a memo published by Romenesko.

Slate editor in chief Jacob Weisberg and general manager John Alderman write:

The problem, in a nutshell, is that the site is not pointed toward profitability on a fast enough timetable. We’ve struggled to grow the site’s traffic to carry enough ad inventory to run a profitable business. There are some specific reasons for this slow growth which relate primarily to the category rather than to the quality of the magazine. Our timing also could have been better. TBM launched the week of the Lehman Brothers collapse in September 2008, and its existence has coincided with a deep trough in advertising market for business-oriented publications.

Weisberg and Alderman said that they expect Slate to enhance its own business coverage, and The Big Money’s URL will redirect to Slate’s business page. The Big Money editor Jim Ledbetter and publisher Brendan Monaghan will remain with The Slate Group.

Mediabistro Course

Freelancing 101

Freelancing 101Starting August 18, learn how to manage a top-notch freelancing career in our online boot camp, Freelancing 101! Through a series of weeklong webcasts, you'll hear from freelancing experts who will teach you the best practices for a solid freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and securing new clients. Register now!