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E&P Staffers Prepare To Vacate Offices This Week

epOct09.jpgAlthough he had been holding out hope that some angel buyer would step forward to save the day, Editor & Publisher editor Greg Mitchell admitted in a blog post yesterday that no such deal has been reached. As a result, the newspaper industry trade’s staffers are preparing to exit their Astor Place offices by Thursday, having already completed and sent their final issue to press. Wrote Mitchell:

“Indeed, there has been a lot of interest but no firm news to report as yet. We are scheduled to vacate and shut down for good by the end of Thursday if nothing materializes, though of course E&P could always be brought back a bit later.”

But, prior to wrapping up, E&P managed to eek out one last milestone. By completing its final issue, dated January 2010, the pub made it into its 126th year of publication.

Like Mitchell, we’re hopeful someone will come along to save E&P, but if not, it will be missed.

E&P Enters What May Be Its Final Week After 125 Years –Huffington Post

Previously: Could E&P Have Been Saved?

FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: A Timeline Of Magazine Closings

taylor_swift_blender_cover-x622200.jpgIt’s been a tough year for the publishing industry, and magazines in particular have had it rough. Every major publisher has had to shutter at least one of its titles, and some of our favorite glossies have gone to that great magazine rack in the sky.

While it would take forever to list all the over 400 magazines that have folded this year, we here at FishbowlNY put together a timeline of some of the bigger names that were shuttered this year. The bad news? It looks like in the last six months of the year the number of titles snowballed. Here’s hoping that 2010 looks a lot brighter.

After the jump, our timeline

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FishbowlNY Readers Respond: Gourmet Saddest Closing in 2009

gourmetmag111.jpgLast week we asked readers, “What print title will you miss the most” after the year full of closures?

The response was indisputable: Gourmet magazine, the award-winning epicurean title published by Condé Nast that was closed along with three other magazines in October, was far and away your number one choice, coming in with 28 percent of your votes.

Coming in second was Domino, also a Condé title, while Portfolio and the recently shuttere demise of Editor & Publisher jostled for points with nine and eight percent of your votes, respectively.

Regional papers like The Washington Blade, The Baltimore Examiner, and The Rocky Mountain News apparently only affected those living where the paper was distributed, since they got the least amount of votes, although ironically in that same pile is Fortune Small Business, which only two percent of FishbowlNY readers were sad to see go.

Previously: Breaking: Condé Shutters Four Magazines: Cookie, Gourmet, Two Bridal Titles, Could E&P Have Been Saved?, Conde Nast Shutters Domino

Time Spent On Newspaper Web Sites Declines

epOct09.jpgIf Editor & Publisher goes out of business at the end of this month, who will do stories like this?

E&P has been tracking time spent by readers on newspaper’s Web sites, and today reports that visits to these sites “took a hit” in November 2009 compared to the same month last year. This could be due to the lack of a Presidential election, or maybe readers are just not paying as much attention to newspaper Web sites any more.

View their whole comparative list here.

Previously: Could E&P Have Been Saved?

Welcome To FishbowlNY’s Best Of Lists Of 2009

nye2000.jpgAs the year comes to a close, we couldn’t resist taking a look back at all the great things that the media industry covered and produced, all the people who rose to prominence, maintained their perch atop the heap or had dramatic falls, and all the events that were covered faithfully and at length on the pages of our favorite newspapers and magazines and on computer screens across the city.

For better or worse, 2009 was a year that won’t easily be forgotten by those in the New York media world. It started with a bang: Barack Obama‘s inauguration, which gave us all hope of something better to come.

But for all that hope, we fear that for those in our industry, 2009 will be remembered for all those things lost. Popular publications like Domino and Gourmet published their last issues (and we’re still waiting to hear about what’s in store for Editor & Publisher) and thousands lost their jobs industry-wide. We also lost some big names in the industry, like Walter Cronkite and Dominick Dunne, to name just two.

As we head towards 2010, and a brand new decade, we’re cheered by the fact that our industry is started to show some signs of recovery. After a crushing 2008, 2009 became the year of “flat is the new growth.” We’ve already sunk to new lows, so any growth is promising, even if we’ll never reach the soaring heights in terms of the ad sales and employee counts of earlier this decade. Growth is our only option.

We’re happy to say goodbye and good riddance to 2009. But as we look to the future, let’s take a moment to remember all that happened this year — for better or worse. Over the next few days, we’ll be compiling what we think were the biggest moments in New York media this year. Plug in those Christmas lights, pour yourself some eggnog, and settle in for a recap of the year that was.

(Photo by Paul Mannix)

Amanpour Interviews Tina Brown, Harold Evans|WSJ Covers Tiger Woods Scandal, After Keith Kelly|Hearst To Launch New Site Next Year|E&P Still Has A Chance|HuffPost Profiled

CNN: Watch The Daily Beast‘s Tina Brown and her husband, Sir Harold Evans, this Sunday on Christiane Amanpour‘s CNN show.

Wall Street Journal: Media scandal of the day: The Wall Street Journal published a story today about Tiger Woods‘ shady deal with Men’s Fitness publisher American Media Inc. without giving any credit to New York Post columnist Keith Kelly, who broke the story two weeks ago.

WWD: Hearst MagazinesChuck Cordray promises a new digital vertical to launch next year “is not one you’d expect from us.” Also, Hearst is planning to relaunch its teen network over the summer.

Huffington Post: Editor & Publisher editor Greg Mitchell blogs about the demise of his magazine, and says there is a “decent chance” that it will be resurrected.

Los Angeles Times: James Rainey profiles The Huffington Post and the challenge of making money on the Web.

E&P Plans To Publish January Issue

epOct09.jpgJust a few days after its publisher the Nielsen Co. announced that it would close the magazine at the end of the year, newspaper trade Editor & Publisher announced it would be publishing its January issue, “due to overwhelming reader and advertiser demand.”

The pub thinks this decision shows there may still be hope for it to rise again — just look at the headline of the story E&P wrote about it: “‘E&P’ To Publish January Issue — Hope Remains?”

After Nielsen’s surprising decision on Thursday to close the pub, E&P first decided to publish the articles from its upcoming January issue — already completed — online until January 1, the day the title was set to close for good. Now, subscribers will also receive a print version of the issue, due around January 4.

And because of such a huge outpouring of support from the industry, readers and advertisers, E&P staffers are still holding out hope, telling readers to “stay tuned for updates” about the magazine’s fate.

‘E&P’ To Publish January Issue — Hope Remains?

Previously: Could E&P Have Been Saved?

Saying Goodbye To E&P

epOct09.jpgIn an article charting the demise of newspaper industry trade pub Editor & Publisher, The Los Angeles Times blames Web sites like mediabistro.com:

“Online journalism news aggregators such as Romenesko regularly relied on stories by E&P, linking to them for reporting on a new study or analysis of anything relating to the newspaper industry.

But Romenesko and other free sites such as Mediabistro.com also snatched readers and job listings that might have landed in E&P‘s classified section.”

Yes, classified revenues have left print behind for the Internet and everybody wants to read content like that of E&P‘s for free on the Web. But there was nothing stopping its owner Nielsen Co. from selling off the pub to a company that would have kept it alive — even if only as digital version of itself.

We’re sad to see another publication (and its Nielsen-owned sister Kirkus Reviews) close its doors in 2009. We’ll also miss all the scoops and insightful news about our industry. Too bad Nielsen didn’t take WebMediaBrands’ offer to buy E&P earlier this year. We would have welcomed them to the family!

But as the title heads towards closure at the end of the year, various good-byes are sprinkling out from staffers. After the jump, parting words from senior editor Joe Strupp and former cartoonist Steve Greenberg.

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FishbowlNY Editor On The Menu: E&P Closure and Books Reviews After Kirkus

mmm_2-3.gifThis morning, host Jason Boog of GalleyCat was joined by special co-host Amanda Ernst, editor of FishbowlNY, on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu. The two welcomed Kat Meyer, chief content wrangler for Next Chapter Communications, moderator for the #followreader Twitter chat and a blogger at Follow The Reader.

The biggest news of the day was Nielsen Co.‘s decision to shutter book review journal Kirkus Reviews and newspaper industry trade Editor & Publisher. All three lamented the closings, but Amanda pointed out that E&P might have had a chance to be saved. Kat talked about what might possibly replace the reviews that Kirkus provided. Social media might provide a solution.

Also discussed: Kat’s optimistic wrap-up of 2009 and predictions about 2010, including a future with new e-readers like the much anticipated tablet.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Could E&P Have Been Saved?

epOct09.jpgDid The Nielsen Co. have an opportunity to sell newspaper industry trade Editor & Publisher instead of shutting it down?

That’s what Alan Meckler, CEO WebMediaBrands, told FishbowlNY today. Meckler said his company, which also owns mediabistro.com, offered to take the pub off Nielsen’s hands several months ago. He said his company offered to pay nothing for the title, but was willing to take on all of their subscriber liability. Under WebMediaBrands’ oversight, E&P would have continued to produce content, although it’s likely its print version would not have survived the transition, Meckler said.

However, Nielsen declined the offer, claiming it could receive “millions” for the title, Meckler told us.

Today, E&P wrote the worst story a publication can ever produce: a report on its own closure. Reported the pub:

“The expressions of surprise and outpouring of strong support for E&P that have followed across the Web — Editor & Publisher has even hit No. 4 as a Twitter trending topic — raise the notion that the publication might yet continue in some form…As news spread of E&P‘s fate, the staffers have been inundated with calls from members of the industry it covers, and many others, expressing shock and hopes for a revival. Staff members will stay on for the remainder of 2009.”

The end of the article includes a way to contact all of the title’s staffers. Pretty smart. We think they’ll probably be getting some job offers soon.

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