2 janvier 2009

Jpgmag met la clé sous la porte

Le site communautaire de partage de photographie JPGMAG fermera ses portes le 5 janvier 2009.

Le système était simple, faire concourir des photographies en fonction de différents thèmes (ma maison, l'eau, la gravité, la mode dans la rue....).Les photos étaient ensuite soumises aux votes des membres (près de 200 000 dont certains abonnés payants) et publiées dans JPGMAG, version papier (50 000 ex), ainsi que sur le site.

Apparemment la crise économique se propage maintenant aux éditeurs sur internet. Jpgmag appartient à la société américaine 8020 Media qui se voulait un hybride entre les magazines papier et le web.

Doit-on s'attendre à des exemples similaires dans les mois à venir...?

Voici le mail qu'on reçu ce matin les membres de JPGMAG:

Today is a particularly sad day for all of us at JPG and 8020 Media.

We've spent the last few months trying to make the business behind JPG sustain itself, and we've reached the end of the line. We all deeply believe in everything JPG represents, but we just weren't able to raise the money needed to keep JPG alive in these extraordinary economic times. We sought out buyers, spoke with numerous potential investors, and pitched several last-ditch creative efforts, all without success. As a result, jpgmag.com will shut down on Monday, January 5, 2009.

The one thing we've been the most proud of: your amazing talent. We feel honored and humbled to have been able to share jpgmag.com with such a dynamic, warm, and wonderful community of nearly 200,000 photographers. The photography on the website and in the magazine was adored by many, leaving no doubt that this community created work of the highest caliber. The kindness, generosity, and support shared among members made it a community in the truest sense of the word, and one that we have loved being a part of for these past two years.

We wish we could have found a way to leave the site running for the benefit of the amazing folks who have made JPG what it is, and we have spent sleepless nights trying to figure something out, all to no avail. Some things you may want to do before the site closes:

- Download the PDFs of back issues, outtakes, and photo challenge selections. We'll always have the memories! www.jpgmag.com/downloads/archives.html
- Make note of your favorite photographers. You may want to flip through your favorites list and jot down names and URLs of some of the people you'd like to stay in touch with. You may even want to cut and paste your contacts page into a personal record.
- Catch up with your fellow members. Our roots are in this humble flickr forum and we recommend going back to find fellow members, discuss the situation, or participate in another great photo community. www.flickr.com/groups/jpgmag/
- Keep in touch. This has always been much more than just a job to each of us, and we'll miss you guys! We'll be checking the account jpgletters@gmail.com in our free time going forward. We can't promise to reply to every email (since we'll be busy tuning up our resumes) but we'd love to hear from you.
- Stay posted. Although the magazine is ceasing publication, we'll be updating you on what's happening with your subscription early next week.

We're soggy-eyed messes, but it is what it is. At that, JPGers, we bid you goodbye, and good luck in 2009 and the future.

Laura Brunow Miner
Editor in Chief

Une information confirmée par une dépêche de l'AFP:
WASHINGTON (AFP) — JPG Magazine, a print and Web publication featuring pictures contributed by amateur and professional photographers, is shutting down.

JPG Magazine editor-in-chief Laura Brunow Miner, in a post on the magazine's blog on Thursday, said that jpgmag.com would close next week and publication of the print version of the magazine would be halted.

"We've spent the last few months trying to make the business behind JPG sustain itself, and we've reached the end of the line," Miner wrote.

"We all deeply believe in everything JPG represents, but just weren't able to raise the money needed to keep JPG alive in these extraordinary economic times," she said. "As a result, jpgmag.com will shut down on Monday."

Nearly 200,000 photographers have contributed material to JPG since it was taken over more than two years ago by 8020 Publishing, now known as 8020 Media.

Contributors submitted photos on various themes and members of the community of JPG users voted on the best to be displayed in the print magazine, published six times a year with a circulation of 50,000 according to The New York Times.

According to the Times, 8020 Media, which describes itself on its website as a "revolutionary new hybrid media company, bringing the best of magazines and the web together," is shutting down.

The Times quoted 8020 chief executive Mitchell Fox as saying in a letter that the company had fallen victim to the economic crisis and the slump in advertising which is also hammering traditional US media outlets.

"In the face of these extraordinary economic times, in a devastated advertising climate, we can no longer continue to operate the business due to lack of funds, and hence we have to close 8020 Media effective immediately," the Times quoted Fox as saying.

An 8020 Media travel magazine called Everywhere closed in August.

8020 Media, backed by Halsey Minor, who also founded the Internet news agency CNet, is one of a number of media start-ups experimenting on the Web with user-generated content.

On its website, 8020 Media says it "empowers its communities to participate in all aspects of the magazine's content creation, thereby dramatically increasing reach, lowering costs, and engaging a knowledgeable, global community.

"What was once 'the audience' has been invited to participate in and lend its expertise to the editorial process by contributing content and critique online," it says.

EDIT: Apparement le site est en cours de reprise... A suivre...

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