Death Watch: The Magazines That Didn’t Make It

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Hip-hop lifestyle magazine Vibe is the 10th major publication in just the last six months to cease printing. (Four of those plan to soldier on in the online-only format.) January was the high-water mark for shutdowns, with four. Below is a list of the magazines that turned off the printing presses this year, along with decline (in a couple of cases, it actually rose) in ad pages for 2008 for each, according to the Publishers Information Bureau.

Alpha Media Group: Blender — March (Online only) — Down 30.6
Hearst: CosmoGirl — December-January (Online only) — Down 10.9 percent
Condé Nast: Domino — January (Shuttered) — Down 4.1 percent
Hallmark Cards: Hallmark Magazine — February-March (Shuttered) — Up 11 percent
Condé Nast: Portfolio — May (Online only) — Up 2 percent
Hearst: Oprah At Home — January (Shuttered) — Ad page numbers not available
Ziff Davis: PC Magazine — January (Online only) — 0
Billboard: Radio & Records — June (Shuttered) — Ad page numbers not available
American Express: Travel + Leisure Golf — March-April (Website still live, but inactive) — Down 13.9 percent
Wicks Media Group: Vibe — June (Possibly online only–stay tuned) — Down 17.7 percent

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