Archives: June 2008
Today’s big news in the blogosphere is that A.J. Daulerio will take over for Will Leitch as editor of Gawker Media’s sports blog, Deadspin. Daulerio, who’s been the site’s senior writer since April, will be joined by new associate editor Clay Travis and old standby Rick Chandler
As avid readers of the site, we’re sad to see Leitch leave — in all seriousness, it got a little dusty at FBNY HQ when we listened to Scott Van Pelt‘s goodbye voicemail — but pageview-hungry Nick Denton will be okay with his new editor.
Over the past three months, we’ve noted that Daulerio’s posts seem to get more pageviews than Leitch’s. In an effort to test that theory, we added up the pageviews for their posts during the week of June 16-20 (not including repeating, low traffic posts such as Blogdome and advertisers). The results: 10,573 pvs/post for Daulerio’s 29 posts vs 9,217 pvs/post for Leitch’s 32 posts. (Chandler, again excluding low traffic, daily posts — Comment of the day, About last night, etc. — checked in at 4,898 pvs/post.) While one week is a small sample size, we think it’s reflective of the general trend we’ve noted.
We’re not saying Daulerio’s pandering to pageviews — he’s a thoroughly entertaining read, the commenters love him and he was our first choice to replace Leitch — but we just thought it was worth mentioning.
The stats after the jump.
Some of you may have been following the recent “donnybrook”, first reported by FishbowlDC, over the White House Correspondents Association’s decision to limit pool report access to those reporters actually traveling with the President. Basically, says FBDC, “you don’t pay, you don’t play…Namely, only those reporters whose news organizations have ponied up the money to accompany the president on domestic and foreign trips will receive the pool reports.”
This is going to be a problem for smaller papers who, as Politico pointed out in March, depend on the pool reports in the wake of widespread budget cuts. Why this sudden change of rules you ask? Well, according to WHCA President Ann Compton the move was in part due to “decreased interest in President Bush’s recent trips.” [Emphasis ours.] File under “Life and Times of a Lame Duck” we suppose. Wait! Here’s an idea, why doesn’t Obama jack up his air fare prices and once he’s finished paying off Hillary’s debt donate the rest to the Air Force One fund.
Over at the Globe and Mail (which recently and finally dropped its subscription policy…Margaret Wente for everyone!) Ivor Tossell is confessing that he too succumbed to the same siren call of Wikipedia as the kid who got fired for preemptively reporting Tim Russert‘s death on the site two weeks ago. In fact, it seems Tossel was up to much the same thing.
Over at Folio Dylan Stableford picked up on this little exchange at the tail end of a Charlie Rose interview with Graydon Carter and Jann Wenner. Just as they’re closing out Charlie slyly asks the two “caricature coifs,” “So what’s this story that Conde Nast wants to buy Rolling Stone?” Panic ensues! Just kidding, but the reactions of the guests does seem to suggest there may be something to the question. See for yourselves after the jump (aim for 32:10 if you want to skip all the Gonzo talk).
Oscar award-winning, J. Lo dating, space-traveling Ben Affleck added another line to his resume last night: television reporter. Reuters reports that Matt Damon‘s buddy, who’s been to the Congo three times in the past year, reported from the war-torn country for a segment on ABC’s Nightline.
Producer Max Culhane and photographer Doug Vogt — the cameraman who was injured alongside ABC anchor Bob Woodruff — filmed Affleck on his last trip to the country. Among other things, the actor practiced karate with local children.
So yesterday, in the course of discussing the NYT line-up of columnists, we mentioned that we had no real idea who Charles Blow is. Well, mystery solved. He’s a graphic columnist who appears every other Saturday in the Times (which may be why he’s not familiar to us, we don’t read the news on Saturday).
According to Journal-isms Blow left the Times in 2006 — he was at that time the deputy design director for news as well as its highest ranking journalist of color — for National Geographic but returned this last April. According to a memo released by Andy Rosenthal at the time, “he will create a new kind of journalistic space on our website… place for visual journalists, especially those who use numbers and images and charts to express opinion. It will be just the kind of ‘you won’t find it anywhere else’ feature that ought to be on nytimes.com.” You can find his work, thus far, here.
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