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2009: The Year Of Philanthropic Journalism


Will 2009 be remembered as the year that new media companies, under less duress than traditional print organizations, stopped Scrooging around and started giving back — or at least encouraged their readers to?

Two months ago, The Huffington Post launched its first charity-oriented vertical site, HuffPost Impact, which celebrated Christmas with its socially-conscious 12 days of Giving. And Tina Brown‘s Daily Beast heralded its own vertical, Giving Beast, just one week later.

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Remembering The Year That Was: FishbowlNY Editor On The Menu


FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst visited the Morning Media Menu podcast today, joining hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven to discuss the biggest media stories of 2009.

On Amanda’s list: stories about layoffs and magazine closings, but good news of circulation revenues climbing at places like The New York Times. Also, announcements of new magazine launches, like Afar and new Web sites, including Atlantic Wire, Mediaite and HollywoodLife.

Also discussed: the biggest stories of the year covered by the media — Balloon Boy, Michael Jackson and Tiger Woods among them — and how the media’s coverage has changed.

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

FishbowNY Readers Respond: Dan Abrams The Most Influential New Yorker in 2009

Abrams_11.19.jpgWhen we asked our readers who influenced the New York media scene the most in 2009, some of you scoffed at our entries.

“Did you seriously put Rachelle Hrsuka on the same media list as…Rupert Murdoch?” asked one News Corp. employee, apparently confident of his boss’ victory.

Alas, it was not to be for the Australian mogul, since one third of FishbowlNY readers voted for Dan Abrams, the MSNBC host turned blog owner and consulting firm developer. In launching Mediaite in July (and to server-crashing traffic), Abrams has assembled a crew of savvy writers (he has very good taste in journalists, if we do say so ourselves), held a launch party five months after his site went live, and plans to launch three other niche blogs in the New Year.

When asked for a comment over his sweeping support from our readers, Abrams responded, “Apparently my mom and her friends enjoy voting in polls more than I knew.” Aw, and modest to boot!

And what of our other poll entrants? Murdoch still held sway with many of our readers, claiming second place with 21 percent of the vote. Arianna Huffington was third with 15 percent, and our much-maligned choice of Guest of a Guest founder Hruska was fourth with 14 percent.

“Other” received seven percent of your votes. Who do you think we missed? Let us know in the comments.

Previously: Who Was New York’s Most Influential Media Person In 2009?, Mediaite Launches To Server-Crashing Traffic

Who Was New York’s Most Influential Media Person In 2009?

rupert_murdoch_tokyo11.jpgIf you’ve been keeping track, we’re doing our end of the year polls here in the ‘Bowl, and we’re quizzing our readers about the biggest people, events, and products of 2009. Next week we’re going to gather all your data and throw it out the window…no just kidding, we’ll be giving you our choices, but also talking about reader’s picks as well.

So here’s our latest question: who do you think “won” 2009 in New York’s media scene? Was it crafty workhorse Rupert Murdoch? New media entrepreneur Dan Abrams with his Mediaite site? Or Rachelle Hruska for her much ballyhooed Guest of a Guest socialite calender? You tell us.

Who Was New York’s Media Person Of The Year?(poll)

Previously: Poll: What Was The Biggest Media Event of 2009?, What Titles Were You Sad To Lose In 2009?

Breitbart Sets His Sights On The MSM

andrew-breitbart.jpgAndrew Breitbart is a graduate of the Matt Drudge School for Journalism: the more sensational a headline, the better it works. And Breitbart employs this principle frequently on his Web sites,, Big, and the news aggregation site

But Breitbart is somewhat of an anomaly: he was not only editor of The Drudge Report, but also one of the head researchers to get The Huffington Post off its feet. And now he’s looking to add mainstream journalism to the laundry list of targets he plans on taking on with a totally new site.

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Mediaite Launches Three More Niche Sites

logo-mediaite.jpgLets face it, New York media rankings are interesting to a small group of people: the power players involved, and their parents.

So it was surprising when MSNBC‘s Dan Abrams launched his much-talked about — which pitted all of media’s hottest writers and pundits against each other in the Power Grid — and the site immediately overloaded with traffic. Maybe there is room on the Internet for the self-referential media scene that isn’t entirely taken over by Gawker. (By the way, does anyone else think it’s weird that Abrams, who still appears on MSNBC, has his site currently funded by CNN?)

Especially now that Abrams is expanding. On Mediaite today, Abrams announced the expected launch of three new sites: Styleite, Geekosystem, and SportsGrid. Though the editors of these upcoming sites “will be announced in the weeks to come,” Abrams said “many of the lead figures in these projects will come from within the existing Mediaite family.”

It will be interesting to see where this ecosystem of blogs put Abrams himself: is he hoping to become the next Nick Denton, or just looking for a way to utilize some of the best of Mediaite’s resources, mainly its love for geek culture in movies, books, and television? Not to mention that the market is much bigger for a new style Web site, helping it to generate its own advertising revenue more so than say, another New York media blog.

Read More: Mediaite and More! Three New Sites On The Way –Mediaite

Previously: Mediaite Launches To Server-Crashing Traffic

Breaking: Condé Shutters Four Magazines: Cookie, Gourmet, Two Bridal Titles

cookie cover.jpgWe have been waiting for news of what sort of changes consulting company McKinsey & Co. will bring to Condé Nast, and this morning we have the answer. According to reports, the company is planning to shutter Gourmet, parenting magazine Cookie, Elegant Bride and Modern Bride.

Although there had been speculation that one of Condé’s epicurean titles was not long for this world, the closing of Cookie comes as sort of surprise. Especially since as recently as last week the magazine’s publicist pitched us an interview with Cookie‘s publisher Carolyn Kremins, boasting that she was “recently awarded the MIN Sales Team Leader of the Year for 2008 recognizing her 11 percent increase in ad revenue in 2008 versus 2007 with almost 30 percent of the publication’s 2008 ad pages [coming] from new advertisers.”

Mediaite quickly posted the email that went out to staffers today from CEO Chuck Townsend, which breaks down the changes. We’ve posted after the jump.

Here’s the most important parts of the memo:

“…Brides will increase its frequency to monthly to solidify its position as the most important brand in the bridal category, and Modern Bride and Elegant Bride will close.

Gourmet magazine will cease monthly publication, but we will remain committed to the brand, retaining Gourmet‘s book publishing and television programming, and Gourmet recipes on We will concentrate our publishing activities in the epicurean category on Bon Appétit.

Finally, Cookie magazine will be discontinued, and resources that had been dedicated to its publishing will be invested elsewhere.

The editorial and business staffs of Modern Bride, Elegant Bride, Gourmet, and Cookie all have earned their magazines large and devoted followings. We have been proud to publish these titles, and we are grateful to the staffs for their hard work and dedication.

We’re also hearing that there are staffers roaming around Condé’s offices at 750 Third Ave., which houses WWD and the bridal group among other titles, counting empty desks.

Have a story to tell about this new development in the Condé Nast saga? Send us an email or leave an anonymous tip in the box at right.

After the jump, Townsend’s email.

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WaPo Writer’s Gawker Experience Raises Questions Of Fair Use

wapo.pngWe feel a bit guilty blogging about this right now, fearing that it will just add fuel to the fire raging over blogs (like this one) that draw information and quotes from stories in news sources like The Washington Post. But thanks to an article in the Post this weekend, the wound is open and raw, so we have to at least let you know what’s been going on.

Yesterday, Post writer Ian Shapira wrote about his experience when Gawker picked up an article he wrote for the paper early last month about a business coach who explains millennials to baby boomers. At first, Shapira was excited by Gawker’s take on his article. “I confess to feeling a bit triumphant…I was flattered,” he wrote.

Then, an email from his editor changed his mind: “But when I told my editor, he wrote back: They stole your story. Where’s your outrage, man?”

Shapira goes on to discuss the amount of work that went into his 1,500-word story that, although not “Pulitzer material” still required hours of travel, interviews, note-taking, transcribing and writing. You know, all the work that goes into any piece of journalism that is not merely a rehashing of someone else’s story. Was it fair of Gawker to rip the story from the pages of the Post and steal Shapira’s thunder? Right or wrong, it’s become common practice on news blogs.

And so, the debate continues.

Updated with Gawker’s reply. Read on.

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