Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan caught a curious piece of reporting from the current issue of OK!. It seems despite reports of Katie Holmes fearing for her safety from Scientologist tails in the wake of her breakup with Tom Cruise, she somehow found it in her heart to hang out with her estranged hubby on his birthday today. Funny how they were able to dig up that incredibly implausible nugget of info today and still find a way to get it into print… last week. You don’t think they… made it up do you?
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Granted, with a name like Seth Abramovitch, you really shouldn’t be throwing around the n-word, even as a joke. Even if that joke is about something a rapper might say, one who uses the n-word regularly. That being said, is this really a firing offense? From a website that once posted a graphic photo of a murder victim for the world and his grieving family to see? The blogger who posted that photo still works for Gawker, by the way, making this seem like a pretty arbitrary application of ethical standards.
But it could also signal a shift at Gawker. Abramovitch appears to have been canned by the site’s new editor, A.J. Daulerio, who may be intent on bringing higher moral standards to the website. Or he may just be playing into political correctness. Time will tell.
Nothing better than a magazine about and for wealthy people soliciting bloggers to work for free.
Sad to see such an established name falling into the ol’ Craigslist-level “work in exchange for exposure” hustle. Patrick Phillips, the founder of IWantMedia-actually a famous site, already!-got an offer from Forbes to come be their peon:
Greetings Patrick, I cover media here at Forbes and am working on building our blogger’s network – I truly enjoy IWantMedia.com (you pickup plenty of our stuff, of course). Our media and entertainment blog is one of our top channels and we’re recruiting contributors to grow it. Our idea is to build a group of new contributors who will each post at least once or twice weekly offering any smart take, news or analysis related to media. Would you be interested? …
Our posts aren’t as long as regular articles – sometimes just a couple grafs. We could also consider running posts of your own from your own blog or site. There’s no compensation involved, but your posts would be available to millions of Forbes readers. I’ve attached the blogger agreement which states (in so many words) that Forbes doesn’t own your content but can use it.
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Last month, Ian Shapira did a story about Millennials and it was picked up by Hamilton Nolan at Gawker. Shapira’s story was “stolen” – eight paragraphs used with a link but little attribution to to original reporter.
Shapira penned a piece titled “The Death of Journalism (Gawker Edition)“. It details all the work that went into gathering information about the story. In it Shapira brings up some interesting points about the downfall of news reporting.
Well sum up: remember the story about Henny Penny? The chicken who does all the work and then once it’s done all her blogger friends show up and want to eat the bread she’s made? It’s like that only in the story she’s makes them all go away and enjoys her bread herself. In reality, after hours of tedious and expensive news gathering the other farm animals eat the bread and Henny Penny works harder and gets thinner and thinner…
Marburger compared my article and the Gawker posting and concluded: “This is what in our opinion is a huge contributor to the demise of those who are originating news reports. If you don’t change the law to stop this, originators of news reports cannot survive.”
Whole piece here.