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Golf World Has Folded

Golf World, the oldest golf-centric magazine in the nation, is closing up shop. According to Ad Age, publisher Condé Nast is folding the print edition and shifting any further content under the Golf Digest website. About 10 Golf World staffers have been cut as a result of the change.

As part of the folding, Golf World subscribers will now receive a weekly email newsletter and copies of Golf Digest, which is published monthly.

Golf World’s editor, Jaime Diaz, will retain his title and continue reporting to Jerry Tarde, editor of Golf Digest. Dan Robertson will continue as publisher of both titles.

Golf World’s first issue was published in 1947, one year after Ben Hogan won his first major.

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LPGA Stars Score Paulina Gretzky Golf Digest Cover as a Bogey

The folks at Golf Digest insist that putting a celebrity like Paulina Gretzky on the cover is nothing new. In fact, just a few months ago, Kate Upton was fronting the December 2013 issue alongside Arnold Palmer.

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But via New York Times sportswriter Karen Crouse, several LPGA stars have expressed their disappointment with this latest example of media-business-as-usual:

“It’s frustrating for female golfers,” said two-time Major winner Stacy Lewis. “It’s kind of the state of where we’ve always been. We don’t get respect for being the golfers that we are. Obviously, Golf Digest is trying to sell magazines. But at the same time you’d like to see a little respect for the women’s game…”

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Cover Battle: Golf Digest or Glamour

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Golf Digest taking on Glamour. Here is how we imagine the latest Golf Digest cover ended up happening: “So, how about Kate Upton? I know it might not—” “Yes. Meeting adjourned.”

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Dan Robertson Named Publisher of Golf Digest and Golf World

Golf Digest Companies, which operates under the Condé Nast umbrella, has named Dan Robertson publisher of Golf Digest and Golf World.  Robertson has been associate publisher of both titles since 2010. Previously he was vice president of sales for Golf Channel and publisher of This Old House.

“The business of golf and the game of golf are Dan’s personal passions,” said Peter Hunsinger, president and publisher of Golf Digest Companies, in a statement. “His leadership and big-idea skills will guarantee his success in the new role. I am excited to partner with Dan on a bigger platform.”

Laura Sequenzia, the previous publisher of Golf World, is taking a position as senior executive director of corporate partnerships for Condé Nast Media Group.

Digital Ellie Finalists Announced

With the Oscars now over, let’s continue the self-congratulatory awards news with The American Society of Magazine Editors’ Digital Ellies finalists. Leading the way with 10 nominations is Condé Nast. Golf Digest, GQ, The New Yorker and Wired were selected for doing great things in the digital realm.

Runner-up was Time Inc.with six nominations for Cooking Light, EW.com, People, Sports Illustrated and Time. The Washington Post Company held down third place with four nods for Foreign Policy and Slate.

Below is the full list of finalists. If you happen to work at one of these publications, pat yourself on the back and be sure to humblebrag about it on Twitter.

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Golf Digest’s iPad Readers Make $60K More Than Its Print Readers

According to Business Insider, Golf Digest’s iPad readers make an average of $60,000 more per year and are eight years younger than the magazine’s print readers. The magazine recently hired a research firm to find out more about its readers, and those were the two big takeaways. The study also found that Golf Digest readers use the iPad to watch videos, but that’s not surprising.

Why would its iPad readers be richer and younger? Well, we’re thinking this would be the finding if any magazine surveyed their readers, not just Golf Digest. It has more to do with the iPad than the magazine.

The iPad is an expensive, frivolous (sorry Jobs, but it’s true), high-tech product. The more disposable income people have, the more likely they’d be to buy an iPad. Of course they’d have to be interested in something so cutting edge in the first place, but this all points to a young demographic.

The fact that Golf Digest’s iPad readers make more money and are younger than their print readers is interesting, but only because of what that says about the iPad, not the magazine.

NPR Preps For Local News Project Launch|Golf Digest Distances From Tiger|30 Media Missteps

paidContent: NPR is gearing up to launch its ambitious local news project this summer with the hiring of key staffers: USA Today vet Joel Sucherman as project director and editorial project manager Matt Thompson from the Knight Foundation.

New York Post: Golf Digest has suspended Tiger Woods‘ monthly column in the magazine while the embattled golfer is taking a leave from the sport.

Boston Phoenix: 30 embarrassing moments for the media this year.

FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: Stories That Captivated NY Media

Here at FishbowlNY, we stick to covering stories that affect the media. But it’s the media’s job to cover the biggest stories in the world today. Here, we take a look back at the news stories that left New York and the world riveted in 2009, covered faithfully by our local newspapers and the other pubs that are based here.

nypost1215 - 2.jpgTiger Woods scandal
The intrigue of this domestic-dispute-turned-sex-scandal started Thanksgiving weekend, and continues today — nearly a month later. Tiger’s escapades provided cover fodder for local tabloid The New York Post for three straight weeks, holding the attention of Post editors even longer than 9/11. And beyond the cover of our local papers and tabloid magazines, Tiger also caused some questions for Golf Digest, which has a close relationship with the golfer and, with some serious bad timing, put him on the January cover with President Obama. Men’s Fitness also got mixed up in the whole mess, reportedly striking a deal with Tiger for a cover story in return for covering up the scandal two years ago.

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Tiger Woods Scandal Provides Journalistic Conflict of Interest

golfdigest.jpgMark Soltau is a contributing editor to Golf Digest, but that isn’t enough to pay the bills these days. In addition, he also serves as the editor of Tiger Woods‘ Web site, TigerWoods.com, a role that is now causing some whispers in light of the enormous boom on Woods’ Web site following his admission of marital infidelities.

Says Golf Digest editor in chief Jerry Tarde, “Mark Soltau is a contributing editor to Golf Digest, not a staff writer. Mark does not write feature articles for the magazine, so I don’t consider his work for TigerWoods.com a conflict.”

It seems that Mark would only edit pieces for Golf Digest that were bylined by Woods himself, which seems a little disingenuous on Golf Digest‘s part. With parent company Condé Nast making so many staff cuts, they somehow still have room to keep Tiger Woods’ personal editor on the pay roll. Even more bad luck: Digest this month features a front-page picture of Woods and President Barack Obama, an unfortunate case of bad timing that serves to highlight just how out of sync the monthly magazine world can be with current events.

Read More: Web Site for Woods Is Drawing Attention New York Times

What’s Left At Condé Nast?

conde nast logo.jpgCondé Nast is one of the largest magazine publishers in the U.S., and the news earlier this week that it was shuttering four titles really didn’t change that.

Condé still has 18 consumer magazine titles, plus two trades — WWD and Footwear News — under its Fairchild Publications arm. But the company had been working hard to streamline it portfolio in the past year. In addition to Cookie, Gourmet, Modern Bride and Elegant Bride, which all folded this week, the company has shuttered several titles this year. Men’s Vogue went a year ago, followed by men’s wear trade pub DNR (our former home), Domino and then Portfolio

So what’s left?

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