I can hardly believe I’ve been trolling this fishbowl we call New York’s media scene for nearly nine months. Only recently have I started to feel comfortable among the network of friendly (and sometimes not so friendly) people I have met at parties, conferences, panels, happy hours and events since this spring.
Although I am reluctant to walk away from FishbowlNY, I’ve been offered a new opportunity that I have found hard to turn down. I am going to work as deputy editor for a new entertainment and lifestyle site that’s being launched by b5media later this month, Crushable.com.
And, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who has made this experience at FishbowlNY so amazing — from my mediabistro.com colleagues, to fellow media reporters, to the tipsters, commenters and readers who let me know what’s what, for better or worse. Thank you for dealing with me while I complained about the life of a freelancer and told my own story about being laid off, among other things. I hope I was able to inform and entertain.
And, I hope you’ll stay in touch. You can keep track of me here
Don’t ever say I never gave you a good job lead.
FishbowlNY is seeking an avid media nerd with a nose for breaking news and a love of media panels to take over the reins of this blog from yours truly.
Yes, you heard it here first: I am moving on to a new project. And if you’re interested in the gig, I welcome you to check out the job posting. The best candidates will have a background in journalism, some experience hunting down and gathering news, a familiarity with how old and new media operates, working knowledge of New York’s media landscape and — what we’re all seeking — a unique voice.
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We are not sad to say good-bye to 2009. It’s an understatement to say that the past year has been grim for the media industry. 2010 — a new decade even — offers a clean slate, a fresh start. We’ve seen that the business model that so many publications have relied on for decades is no longer viable, and everyone is looking for whatever next big thing will come and save us.
In the past few months, we have been hearing the same things mentioned over and over, so we know they are going to play a role in the media’s attempt to transform itself and rise from the ashes in the coming year. As industry leaders struggle to get our business back in the black, we know we’re going to be hearing more and more about these important things. Throughout this last week of the year, we’ll be focusing on four key topics we know we’ll be hearing more of in the coming year: e-readers, tablets and digital applications of pubs; pay walls; citizen journalism and crowdsourcing; and non-profit journalism and philanthropy.
Today, we’re focusing on all the digital goodies that lay ahead for us in 2010. We’ll be recapping some important events from this year and we’ve talked to some big names in the industry about what they are working on and what’s in store for the New Year and beyond.
Think we’ve missed something? Let us know in the comments or send us an email. Let’s get the conversation about the future going.
Previously: Our 2009 Lists
The time has (finally!) come for us to wish you all Happy Holidays and take our leave. Barring any urgent, breaking news in the coming days, we’ll be back on the media beat on Monday.
And if you miss us too much, here are some things to tide you over: all our end of the year lists!
Layoffs, magazine closures and a racially charged cartoon top FishbowlNY’s most-read stories this year. A quick skim through the list says it all about what was most important to you in 2009, from massive layoffs at Forbes and Condé Nast, to bidding mediabistro.com founder Laurel Touby farewell as she headed out on sabbatical.
1. February 18, Is the New York Post Comparing Obama to a Rabid Monkey?
2. February 9, Anderson News Suspends Operations
4. January 28, Will The New Yorker Fold Next?
5. October 28, Forbes Layoffs Decimate Staff
6. September 30, Exit Interview: Mediabistro Founder Laurel Touby
7. September 17, Ira Glass Reveals The End Of ‘This American Life’ TV Show
9. December 15, Breaking: I.D. Magazine Shutters
10. October 26, Breaking: More Layoffs Hit Forbes
News of magazine closures was, sadly, pretty prevalent throughout 2009. But, although 428 magazines folded during the year, according to MediaFinder.com, 275 launched.
Launching a magazine or Web site in the midst of a recession is never an easy task. But we think there are a few new pubs on the block that will be around for awhile. Even mediabistro.com got in the launching spirit, debuting four new blogs this year: WebNewser, MediaJobsDaily, BayNewser and eBookNewser.
As the year closes out, here’s a look at some of the biggest launches in print and online.
Other notable launches: Children’s Health, Organic Beauty, Women’s magazine VAIN and two Reader’s Digest Association launches, DIY mag Fresh Home and Rick Warren‘s Purpose Driven Connection, which folded later in the year.
After the jump, online magazine and blog launches
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.
Tiger 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.
More after the jump
This year — full of flux and uncertainty about where the media is heading — has resulted in a vast number of job changes and departures across all matter of media companies and publications. In almost every field of journalism, big names have either been fired, promoted, retired, or simply moved on to more lucrative positions. Here, we take a look back at the biggest industry shakeups of 2009.
The Biggest Move in Magazines: Stephen Adler leaving BusinessWeek.
When editor Stephen Adler announced his departure from BusinessWeek this October following the magazine’s sale to Bloomberg LP, he wasn’t just making a statement, he was starting a trend. Soon he was followed by some of his former colleagues, like John Byrne and BusinessWeek‘s president Keith Fox, who decided to stay with magazine’s original parent, McGraw-Hill. (Not to mention all of those who involuntarily left the pub not long after.) It takes a lot of chutzpah to up and quit your editor gig in the middle of this turbulent media landscape, it takes even more to get your coworkers to come with you. Fortunately for Adler, he’s already landed another gig at Thomson Reuters.
Runners Up: Time.com managing editor Josh Tyrangiel comes on board as editor at Businessweek; Marie Claire‘s publisher Susan Plagemann joins Vogue; Nancy Berger Cardone of shuttered Gourmet takes Plagemann’s spot at Marie Claire; Janice Min leaves Us Weekly; Mariette DiChristina becomes Scientific American‘s first female editor-in-chief.
More after the jump
As 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)
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