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Editor and Publisher closes after 108 years, while PolitiFact mulls syndication to newspapers

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December

Editorandpulbisher-cover Two interesting and divergent media stories emerged today while i was out of the office on assignment.

First, the 108-year-old trade publication for newspapers, Editor and Publisher, will cease publishing in print and on the Web, after owner Nielsen Business Media left the title out of a sale which included Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek, Billboard and others.

Reportedly, staffers were surprised by the move because the magazine has grown into a vibrant voice reporting on the industry and developed a Web presence with lots of influence and quality. Two of my favorite writers on media, reporter/columnist Joe Strupp and editor Greg Mitchell both work there; you know times are still tough in the newspaper biz, when even a magazine about newspapers can't stay in business.

Secondly, Politico has an interesting piece about the St. Petersburg Times' own PolitiFact developing plans to syndicate it's product to other newspapers. even as trade publications about journalism may be in trouble, fact-checking of politicians and politics seems to be a booming business, with PolitiFact and Factcheck.org reporting no letdown in work since the election.

An odd dovetailing of issues on an odd media day.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:03pm]

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