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Mediaite Launches Three More Niche Sites

logo-mediaite.jpgLets face it, New York media rankings are interesting to a small group of people: the power players involved, and their parents.

So it was surprising when MSNBC‘s Dan Abrams launched his much-talked about Mediaite.com — which pitted all of media’s hottest writers and pundits against each other in the Power Grid — and the site immediately overloaded with traffic. Maybe there is room on the Internet for the self-referential media scene that isn’t entirely taken over by Gawker. (By the way, does anyone else think it’s weird that Abrams, who still appears on MSNBC, has his site currently funded by CNN?)

Especially now that Abrams is expanding. On Mediaite today, Abrams announced the expected launch of three new sites: Styleite, Geekosystem, and SportsGrid. Though the editors of these upcoming sites “will be announced in the weeks to come,” Abrams said “many of the lead figures in these projects will come from within the existing Mediaite family.”

It will be interesting to see where this ecosystem of blogs put Abrams himself: is he hoping to become the next Nick Denton, or just looking for a way to utilize some of the best of Mediaite’s resources, mainly its love for geek culture in movies, books, and television? Not to mention that the market is much bigger for a new style Web site, helping it to generate its own advertising revenue more so than say, another New York media blog.

Read More: Mediaite and More! Three New Sites On The Way –Mediaite

Previously: Mediaite Launches To Server-Crashing Traffic

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Abrams Talks PR v. Journalism|Kitfield Wins Third Defense Reporting Prize|Google Won’t Buy A Paper|AP Offers Buyouts|A Thrillist.com Party In Pictures


PRNewser: Dan Abrams, CEO of Abrams Research, spoke about the similarities between publicists and journalists at the Media Relations Summit earlier this week.

FishbowlDC: National Journal staffer James Kitfield won his third Gerald R. Ford Prize for Defense Reporting. In 1995, he became the first person to win the award more than once.

Financial Times: Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in an interview the company was thinking about buying a newspaper, but instead it will likely only help media companies make their Web sites better.

Editor & Publisher: The Associated Press is offering buyouts to over 200 veteran employees who are close to retirement.

Random Night Out: Pictures from last night’s Jamaican-themed party hosted by Thrillist.com.

Web Voters Award Sklar Two Mirror Award People’s Choice Prizes

mirror.pngFormer Huffington Post contributor Rachel Sklar nabbed two People’s Choice awards following online voting for Mirror Award nominees.

2009 marks the third year that Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications has presented its Mirror Awards, which honor media reporters. The finalists were first announced last month and members of the public and fellow journalists were asked to view each finalist’s work online and vote for a People’s Choice winner. The six winners of the online balloting were revealed today.

Sklar, who is current working for Abrams Research and The Daily Beast, won People’s Choice prizes for best commentary in digital media and best single article in digital media for her piece “The NYT‘s Selective, Misleading Pentagon Story.”

Other winners included Fast Company‘s Clive Thompson for best single article in traditional media, Mark Bowden of The Atlantic for best profile in traditional media and Broadcasting & Cable‘s Ben Grossman for best commentary in traditional media.

The real Mirror Award winners, selected by a jury of journalists and journalism educators, will be announced at a luncheon on June 9. Sklar’s former boss, Arianna Huffington, is also being honored with the Fred Dressler Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Obama for America New Media Department/Blue State Digital will be receiving the i-3 award for impact, innovation and influence.

A full release about the People’s Choice winners after the jump

Earlier: Mirror, Mirror: Big Fish Dominate Media Beat Awards

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30% of People Surveyed Say They Would Pay for Facebook

logo_aggbrams_research_grd.gifAbrams Research took advantage of last week’s Social Media Week here in New York to ask 200 “social media leaders” their thoughts on the future of social media. Perhaps not surprisingly, Facebook and Twitter proved quite popular (LinkedIn is named as the “dark horse,” MySpace is “uncool”). See if you agree with some of the conclusions.

Mark Zuckerberg may want to take note! Many people are so devoted to Facebook they would pay for it if they had to.

  • When asked which social media service they’d be most likely to pay for, 32.2% chose Facebook — followed by 29.7% choosing business-networking site LinkedIn. The contrast of Facebook’s bells-and-whistles features (photos, status updates, newsfeed, tagging) with the bare-bones networking functionality of LinkedIn suggests that many people find social networking most valuable for making professional connections. Twitter — the top pick for business use — came in third, with 21.8%.

That said, when it comes to businesses people recommend getting on the Twitter!

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