Another niche mag with a high-end audience folded today, while Internet pioneer AOL e-mailed layoffs to 700 staffers. But, somewhat strangely, the Media Is Dying Twitterer got a job!
• Travel + Leisure Golf magazine has folded. Fittingly, its final issue, on stands now, featured “the 18 essential experiences of the fully realized golf life.” [Folio]
• The man behind the informative, spastically updated Media Is Dying Twitter got hired, somewhat ironically, for a freelance essay in Business Week. “In chronicling the media’s contractions through Twitter, I’ve described these efforts as akin to watching Titanic and The Perfect Storm as if they were one movie,” he writes. His advice? “Media, get into our daily routines … the new game is … a call for utility, freedom, and the user experience.” (By the way, for optimists, the Media Is Hirin’ exists now, too.) [Business Week]
• The San Francisco Chronicle and its key union have reached a (tentative) agreement on contract concessions after Hearst, owner of the Chronicle, threatened to sell or close the 144-year-old newspaper. Major staff reductions are expected. Other concessions include decreased vacation time, decreased sick leave, and expansion of the work week. [San Francisco Chronicle]
• In AOL’s ongoing effort to lay off 700 staffers, many were let know today via e-mail. So presumably, that excruciating “You’ve got mail!” message was the bearer of bad news, adding insult to injury (but, really, this is sad). [Business Insider]