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Gawker Makes Leadership Changes (FishbowlNY)
Nick Denton has announced some major changes to the leadership structure at Gawker Media. Instead of Denton having all the oversight, a collective of seven managing partners (including Denton) “will consult on major matters such as tech investments and the reassignment of department heads,” according to a memo. NYT The move was in part because of the company’s editorial failures in the last year. Denton said he would stay on as chief executive and remain involved in the company’s future, but that recent failures in management had shown he needed more support. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The move, Denton said, was part of an effort to scale back his day-to-day managerial roles and return to blogging, which he called “the only truly new media in the age of the Web” and “the essential act of journalism in an interactive and conversational age.” The move also suggests that Gawker Media may be gearing up for an acquisition or merger of some sort. Denton said that no such activity was afoot. GigaOM The new management structure will make it easier to respond to the increasing competitive threat from sites like BuzzFeed and Vox, Denton said, since decisions will be made by the committee as a whole rather than everyone having to try and get the founder’s attention at the same time. The new group includes former Deadspin editor Tommy Craggs as head of editorial operations, effectively replacing editor-in-chief Joel Johnson, who announced recently that he had been fired. Capital New York The rest of the managing board includes president Heather Dietrick, chief strategy officer Erin Pettigrew, advertising head Andrew Gorenstein, chief operating officer Scott Kidder and chief technology officer Tom Plunkett, who will continue to work on the product side but shed the title of CTO. The memo also mentions that Gawker’s revenues are up 30 percent year-over-year and the company has hired Paul Sundue to head Studio@Gawker, the company’s in-house native advertising agency.

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Capital New York Talks to Guardian US EIC

GD*26913990Just ahead of beginning her new duties as Guardian US editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner chatted with Joe Pompeo for the September issue of Capital magazine.

The British newspaper’s stateside plans include an imminently larger New York office, the addition of a Silicon Valley bureau and some other close-to-the-vest tactics. In fact, Pompeo had to reach out to a senior colleague of Viner’s – via a lofty European vacation perch – to get a tiny bit more of the skinny:

Viner wouldn’t get into the nuts and bolts, telling me she didn’t want to publicize them in an article before having discussions with staff. She did however say that Guardian US is “in a period of ambitious growth, and we are working on a number of serious plans.”

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The Guardian Lost $50 Million Last Year

The Guardian is widely respected for breaking such huge stories as the News International phone hacking scandal, but Alan Rusbridger, its Edit0r-in-Chief, knows that while admiration is nice, money is necessary. He tells New York that the fantastic paper lost a whopping $50 million last year, and if things don’t change, it might be forced to fold in five years.

Rusbridger says that is part of the reason why The Guardian launched the United States, web-only version. He expects that if the site continues to grow, everything will work out. “Within four years we will have brought losses down to a single figure, which is sustainable,” Rusbridger explains to New York.

It can only help the Guardian that Rusbridger wants its journalists to “make waves,” something he is obviously comfortable doing. When the paper’s editor begins discussing the hacking scandal, he makes a point of noting that Rupert Murdoch and News International didn’t succeed with trying to intimidate The Guardian:

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Guardian Editor Wins Journalism Award

Photo: David Levene for the Guardian

Winning stuff is always a nice thing.

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has been selected by the Harvard Kennedy School to receive the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Rusbridger, who has been editor of the Guardian since 1995, is being recognized for his leadership in the paper’s five-year investigation and exposure of phone hacking by employees of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. He led the negotiations with Julian Assange and subsequent publication of WikiLeaks documents. Rusbridger has also been instrumental in the paper’s “digital-first” business strategy.

Rusbridger will accept his award and deliver a speech at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government on March 6.

Past recipients of the Goldsmith Career Award include Frank Rich, Seymour Hersh, Christiane Amanpour, Peter Jennings, Gwen Ifill, David Fanning and Daniel Schorr. The awards also include a major prize for investigative reporting and two book prizes.

The Guardian Launches iPad App

The Guardian has finally launched an iPad app. According to the paper’s Editor-in-Chief, Alan Rusbridger, its in-house design team sought to make the app as tablet friendly as possible:

It is, much more than the browser version of the Guardian, a digital newspaper. The design is clean, modern, luminous, fresh and immensely readable. The navigation is intriguingly simple. Each section (national news, international, comment, sport etc) can be scanned in two swipes – up or across. So there’s never that feeling of losing your way that can mar some iPad conversions from print.

The app is available to U.S. readers with a free trial period, then it’s about $15 per month. Subscribers have free access to the app.

Guardian Names Janine Gibson as U.S. Editor

The Guardian has named Janine Gibson, currently editor of The Guardian‘s website, as the American editor to oversee its New York-based digital operation that will launch later this year, The Cutline reports.

Stuart Millar, The Guardian‘s online news editor, will join Gibson in New York as her deputy.

“Janine Gibson has been at the heart of our web operations and is the ideal person to lead our new team in the U.S,” said Alan Rusbridger, the paper’s editor-in-chief, in a statement.

Details about the new entity are still scarce. We only know that the new entity “will be significantly larger than anything we’ve done in the states before,” according to Rusbridger. More details will surely follow.

The Guardian To Expand in the United States

According to The Cutline, The Guardian is getting set to launch something big in the United States. What that will be – well, we’re not so sure. Alan Rusbridger, the paper’s Editor-in-Chief, wouldn’t divulge specific details.

He did mention that it’s going to be digital, based here in the city, and like we said – huge. The new entity “will be significantly larger than anything we’ve done in the states before,” Rusbridger said.

The timing seems right for this, as the left-leaning paper has recently gained steam through its WikiLeaks coverage, but it remains to be seen if American audiences will finally embrace The Guardian brand. We’ll keep you posted when details come out.

Daily News Continues to Trounce New York Post

postdaily22.jpgWidening its circulation lead last year by over 40,000 copies, Mort Zuckerman‘s New York Daily News is now soundly beating Rupert Murdoch‘s New York Post with a much wider margin than in September of 2008, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation. Back then, the Daily News was only leading by 4,100 copies over the Post. So what changed?

In 2006 the tense rivalry between Zuckerman and Murdoch’s publications seemed to be going to the Post, but as both papers have lost readers to the Internet and Murdoch raised the price of newsstand issues to 50 cents in 2008, the Daily News has come out the clear winner…at least in overall print consumers. That’s to say nothing of Internet readers, of which Murdoch, with his grand plans for making news aggregators pay, may learn to capitalize on before Zuckerman.

Then again, Murdoch has always made single-issue sales his bread-and-butter, and with last week’s quote from The Guardian‘s Alan Rusbridger about the Australian mogul losing his Fleet Street touch, the Daily News may be just more evidence to that point.

Read More: New York Daily News Circulation Lead Widens Over Post –Bloomberg

Previously: The Guardian‘s Editor Swipes At Pay Walls, Murdoch, Latest Newspaper Circ Numbers Show Ten Percent Drop

The Guardian‘s Editor Swipes At Pay Walls, Murdoch

theqguardian.jpgWhen Rupert Murdoch began to wage his war with news aggregators like Google, media critics called it either stupid, daring, or both. But with the long-standing debate about pay walls inevitably leading to discussion about Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal site, actions speak louder than words, and the newspaper industry has begun to fall in line behind the media mogul.

The most recent example of this would be The New York Times‘ announcement last week that it would be erecting a metered pay wall for its Web site next year. Other newspapers like The Financial Times and Newsday also charge for their sites, to differing levels of success.

But there’s at least one editor who still takes issue with both Murdoch and the concept of pay walls as they stand today: British newspaper The Guardian‘s editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger spoke out yesterday, slamming both the Australian media mogul and the theory behind paying for news on the Internet.

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