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Sports Illustrated Revamps Website

Sports Illustrated’s website has received a complete overhaul. The site is cleaner, but also has a distinctly mobile feel with a clickable menu in the upper left hand corner of the page.

How you feel about the new SI.com will likely depend on how you feel about sites made for phones and tablets. In a lot of ways, the new SI.com looks like two other Time Inc. sites — Time.com and Money.com. Those sites were revamped with mobile readers in mind, and clearly, SI.com followed their lead.

We do appreciate how single articles look — they’re given plenty of space for text and a large picture. This update allows you to feel more focused on the article than the previous SI.com did.

Bottom line: SI.com might not be the prettiest update, but it is a step up from the old site.

Gawker Suspends Staffer for ‘Inadvertent Duplication’

gawkerlogoGawker has suspended staff writer Jay Hathaway after he posted a story that featured “several similar phrasings, one outright identical phrase, and a close structural similarity” to a Miami New Times article.

The author of the New Times piece, which is about a “porn diva/foot goddess” (you’re interested now, aren’t you?), alerted Gawker editor Max Read about the issue. After reviewing both pieces, Read decided to suspend Hathaway for one week.

A snippet from Read’s editor’s note, which is now posted on Hathaway’s piece:

The author of the Gawker post, Jay Hathaway, says he read the New Times article before writing his, and “parts of it probably got stuck in my head while I was posting. I didn’t intend to duplicate any of their article, and I definitely meant to link the source prominently.” I believe Jay, but both the inadvertent duplication and the lack of citation are serious errors. Since even the appearance of wrongdoing does damage to our credibility and integrity, I’m suspending Jay for a week. Both he and I offer our sincerest apologies to Munzenrieder and the New Times.

[h/t: Poynter]

President Obama Pens HuffPost Op-Ed

obama108Among the sea of Huffington Post contributors, you might notice one name today that seems to stand out — President Barack Obama. Our nation’s 44th head honcho has taken to HuffPost to pen an op-ed about creating family-friendly workplace policies.

“Family leave, childcare, flexibility and a decent wage aren’t frills,” writes Obama. “They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses — they should be the bottom line.”

Beyond the fact that Obama shares a byline with a site that features headlines like “Don’t Expect Mila Kunis to do THIS” and “Ugh,” what we found interesting was that the comments on the president’s piece are remarkably civil. So far, at least.

Web App Transforms Embarrassing Articles to NY Times Articles

You probably don’t want your boss or colleagues to know that you enjoy reading articles like “Madonna Tests Out Her MDNA Skincare Brand, Posts Selfies to Demonstrate its Amazingness” or “Old Lady’s Jam is Seriously a Lil Jon Song,” so what do you do? You use Timesify.

Timesify is a web app that transforms the crap you usually enjoy reading into a Times article. The content you actually want to read is included below a short blurb that tips you off on what the Times article is about. Just in case anyone wants to know. Now you can read all the worst things on the Internet (like god intended) without facing any of the consequences.

Be warned though: Timesify doesn’t always work right. For example, someone we know just tried to use it to read an article titled “Mariah Carey Ready to Divorce Nick Cannon Soon?” and Timesify posted the article, but not a Times headline or blurb.

New Jersey-New York ‘Local News Lab’ Launches

Buffeted by a $2 million grant from The Knight Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s latest expanded effort – “The Local News Lab” – has officially launched.

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The effort encompasses six pilot websites. Four are in New Jersey, while another two cover New York:

Brick City Live
Jersey Shore Hurricane News
Morristown Green
New Brunswick Today
Sheepshead Bites
The Lo-Down

From a Nieman Lab item by Caroline O’Donovan:

“We want this to be a testing ground,” says Local News Lab director Josh Stearns. “I think one of the core premises here is there’s not going to be a silver bullet…”

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NY Times Inks Distribution Deal with Trump Hotels

NYtimes buildingDonald Trump might not enjoy The New York Times, but someone at his hotel chain sure does. The Times just announced a digital distribution partnership with Trump Hotel Collection that will allow guests to access NYTimes.com for free during their stays.

All guest have to do is ask for the login information at the front desk, then use the hotel’s wi-fi and presto! Free access to a paper that Trump absolutely hates.

Trump Hotels currently has locations in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Waikiki, Miami, Toronto, Panama, and Doonbeg, Ireland.

5 Reasons We Love ClickHole

The Onion’s BuzzFeed/Upworthy parody site is finally here. You’re getting giddy…. Very, very giddy.

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Among the many items to enjoy on this official launch day:

1) The hilarious FAQ.

2) A clever inversion of all those which-character-are-you? quizzes, run through the prism of Friends.

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Outside Revamps Website

Outside, the outdoor enthusiast magazine from Mariah Media, has given its website a refresh. The site features responsive design that makes it fluid on all devices.

Outsideonline.com definitely feels slick as you browse. That, according to Outside, was a key goal for the revamp. About 55 percent of the site’s traffic comes from mobile devices, so the team wanted a site that was fast, clean and easy to digest.

“Our audience is always on-the-go, pivoting from one adventure to the next,” Outside’s site director, Todd Hodgson, said in a statement. “We’d be crazy not to provide them a beautiful mobile and tablet experience.”

Paula Deen to Launch Subscription-Based Digital Network

Do you like your cooking shows with a side of racism? How about a recipe that calls for just a sprinkle (don’t over do it!) of bigotry? Well, you’re in luck. Paula Deen is going to launch a subscription-based digital network in September, featuring content based on her Food Network show.

Deen’s network comes a year after Deen admitted that she wasn’t quite sure if the “n word” was offensive, and mere months after she compared losing her TV show because she’s a racist to Michael Sam‘s experience being the first openly gay football player drafted by an NFL team. We’re sure glad she’s back!

“We’re going to have so much fun being together and cooking up some wonderful new and classic dishes,” Deen said in a statement. “Y’all can get my recipes, tips and cooking anytime you want — this is for you.” By that she means fellow racists and non-black people.

[Image: Everett Collection/Shutterstock]

The Goal of This Complex World Cup Site is Simple: Engage the Mobile Audience

In May 2013, there were a total of 5,443,802 mobile sessions at complex.com, accounting for 31.8% of the site’s traffic. This May, that number was up to 15,271,675, or just under 52% of the site’s overall traffic.

To cater to this exploding mobile use, Complex has launched a dedicated World Cup of Soccer portal enhanced for mobile but also fully functional via the Web. The site can be found at wc.complex.com.

“We’ve been innovating for the past 15 months in the area of cross-platform features that are really immersive experiences,” explains Scott Cherkin, Complex Media’s executive vice president of product & business development, in a telephone conversation with FishbowlNY. “What’s different about this one for us is that mobile doesn’t lack any features or functionality. We didn’t have to sacrifice anything.”

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