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FishbowlNY Readers Respond: The Media’s Biggest Misstep In 2009 Was Gourmet‘s Closing

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Wow, people really cared about Condé Nast‘s epicurean magazine Gourmet, huh? Not only did our readers vote it the saddest magazine closing in 2009, but also the biggest media misstep (by 39 percent) made in a year that was chock-full of wrong turns and dead-ends.

Surprisingly, nobody thought BusinessWeek‘s sale to Bloomberg LP was the biggest mistake (except for former BusinessWeek employees, of course), while only 4 percent thought that The New York Post‘s firing of editor Sandra Guzman after speaking out against its controversial cartoon was the biggest blunder. In fact, what about the cartoon itself, which we didn’t put on our poll but certainly belongs in the Top 10 “D’oh!” moments of 2009.

Meanwhile coming in second place was our all-encompassing reference to “Everything the Tribune Co. has done this year,” which ranges from endlessly pushing back their filing of a Chapter 11 reorganization plan while their lenders grew impatient, to letting some of their best writers and editors go over to the Chicago News Cooperative. All of those things lead to 24 percent of our readers shaking their heads at the many, many mistakes of Sam Zell and Tribune Co.

With 12 percent of the votes, readers chose to pick Rupert Murdoch‘s war with Google as the biggest mistake of the year…although since Murdoch has yet to act on his threats, and the move to Microsoft’s Bing might actually be beneficial to Murdoch and other news companies in the long run, we’ll have to wait to see how that pans out.

Coming in with four percent was Long Island newspaper Newsday‘s decision to put up a pay wall for its Web site, so have fun paying for your news next year, guys. Also given four percent of the vote was Reader’s Digest‘s bankruptcy filing, though the publisher’s decision to shut down Purpose Driven Connection was probably one of the best moves of the year.

And of course, nine percent of our readers decided to be contrary and choose “Other.” Maybe they were thinking that the government’s lack of a bailout for the media was the biggest misstep we saw in 2009?

Previously: Reader’s Digest Files For Ch. 11, What Was The Media’s Biggest Misstep in 2009?, Video: News Corp. Gets Grinchy With Google , Is the New York Post Comparing Obama to a Rabid Monkey?

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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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Some 2009 Highlights: min’s Top 10 Magazine Launches Of The Year

9931_cesarsway.jpgWith the print industry hurting so badly this year and magazines shuttering left and right, it’s a Christmas miracle that any new publications were launched at all. minOnline took a moment today to celebrate its favorite print launches this year — ten magazines that have managed to weather the economic climate while even venerable titles like Gourmet closed.

min’s favorite magazines range from animal-focused (Cesar’s Way) to experimental travel (Afar), to the Flair-based Vintage, which reminded us that excess is not always a bad thing.

We were also surprised to see a Time Inc. title on the list, what with all the cutbacks the company has had to make of late, but the idea behind Mine was to compile the best articles from the publishing house, so why buy the individual issues when you can have a printed RSS feed?

Of course it’s not all good news: Reader’s Digest Association managed to launch the religious Purpose Driven Connection by megapastor Rick Warren in January, only to have the print publication go online only by November.

Read More: min’s Exclusive 2009 Launch Review –minOnline

Previously: Time Inc. To Let You Make Your Own Magazine, New Magazine Pays Homage To Old Magazines

WSJ‘s San Fran Edition Launches Tomorrow|Rick Warren Pub Folds|Sun‘s Seeley To Run WSJ‘s NYC Section|Papers Rescind AP Cancellations|Newspapers Need Ad Sales Now

BayNewser: The Wall Street Journal is launching its local San Francisco edition tomorrow. WSJ told BayNewser that editing and reporting on the edition will be done by current Journal staff — compared to The New York Times‘ Bay Area pub, which is looking for partners to produce content.

MediaWeek: Reader’s Digest Association folds quarterly Christian-themed magazine and Rick Warren vehicle Purpose Driven Connection.

New York Observer: John Seeley, former deputy managing editor of The New York Sun, has been picked to lead The Wall Street Journal‘s new New York-focused section.

Editor & Publisher: About 50 newspapers who have given The Associated Press notice that they may cancel their subscriptions have rescinded their cancellation notices in recent months. About 130 remain under cancellation notices, while papers like The New York Daily News have said they won’t end their relationship with the AP.

Wall Street Journal: No surprise here: newspapers are suffering from severe advertising declines and need to show some real gains soon in order to have any chance of survival.