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Posts Tagged ‘Gawker Media’

Jalopnik Pounces on Automotive Journalist’s Private Facebook Share

According to the Autoblog bio, European editor Noah Joseph came to automotive journalism after several years as a public affairs consultant. Over the weekend, thanks to Jalponik writer Travis Okulski, a portion of Joseph’s Facebook affairs have been made very public.

TravisOkulskiByline_12_12Joseph’s musing about auto industry events swag was posted in ”Automotive Industry,” an invite-only Facebook group. So from our perspective, it’s not so much about the uproar as it is about whether Okulski, writing for a direct competitor, should have screen-grabbed something posted within such a realm’s confines? (Our answer, fyi, is: no.) From the Jalopnik item:

Most auto journalists are members, and the discussions are usually trite, meaningless pablum like the food being bad at the Kia Sorrento event or self-serving announcements on how they’re moving from the St. Louis Tribune to the St. Louis Star.

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Nick Denton Values Gawker Media at Around $200 Million

GawkerMediaStatsOur favorite passage from Lloyd Grove‘s Daily Beast interview with Nick Denton is the following:

Personally and through a family trust, Denton says he owns 68 percent of his privately-held, Cayman Islands-registered company that press reports have valued in the neighborhood of $300 million, though Denton says, “On the open market, if it were for sale—which it isn’t — it’s more like $200 million.”

At this point in his life, Denton has enough filthy lucre in his bank account to affect a certain lack of interest in the stuff. “This is not a ‘money-making venture,’” he insists. “For me, I just like the activity, and the activity just happens to make money.”

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Gawker Makes Leadership Changes

gawkerlogoNick 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.

The partners include the following:

If you’re in the mood to read Denton’s extremely long note about these changes, it’s below. After you’re finished, maybe try to get out more?

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Counting the Vice Digs

vice130Maybe it’s just us. But in addition to a late parenthentical swipe at Vice Media, today’s Nick Denton memo announcing plans to quickly add an executive editor and group managing editor to Gawker Media seems to contain several other, more subtle, digs.

In the memo’s opening paragraph, Denton sets things up with some gentle omission, praising a couple of chaps at BuzzFeed and Vox as the fearsome “pros” he and his new charges will have to most worry about in 2015. In the third paragraph, it’s more of an open-handed slap [bolding is ours]:

We have one great asset that no money can buy: an independent spirit and willingness to defy conventional wisdom.

We get it. There are no plans at Gawker Media to do a dance with Rupert Murdoch and sell a subsequent stake to A&E Networks.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Dish, Scripps Make Online TV Deal | Sponsors Back Away from NFL

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Dish Gets Scripps Networks Rights for Online Video Service (THR)
Pay TV company Dish Network and Scripps Networks Interactive on Tuesday announced a multi-year carriage renewal for the latter’s lifestyle cable TV networks. Deadline Hollywood HGTV, Food Network and Great American Country are among the Scripps Networks Interactive channels that will be part of the package that Dish Network is assembling for its planned broadband video service that will target young viewers who want a low-cost alternative to the full pay TV bundle that many consider to be too expensive. Re/code The service is supposed to launch this year. Like pacts Dish has previously made with Disney and A&E, the agreement is part of a larger distribution deal for the satellite TV company. Last week, Sony announced that it had made progress on its own Web TV plans by signing up Viacom. Variety In addition to the over-the-top streaming rights, the pact expands Dish’s distribution of authenticated live and VOD programming on Internet-connected devices and widens distribution of DIY and Cooking Channel to Dish’s America’s Top 200 satellite TV package. The OTT rights under the deal with Scripps Networks let Dish deliver multiple streams per household. “This first-of-its-kind OTT deal for Scripps Networks Interactive enables us to reach even more people through Dish’s innovative services,” said Ken Lowe, Scripps Networks Interactive president and CEO. New York Post Dish chairman Charlie Ergen was on the East Coast last week wooing programmers to the new platform, sources said. Dish is one of the first companies to risk cannibalizing its existing pay-TV product to be a first mover in burgeoning Internet-based TV space.

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Gawker Media Moving to Flatiron District

GawkerOn the heels of Nick Denton scoring the #7 spot on Joe Pompeo‘s list for The Advocate of “The 50 Most Influential People in LGBT Media,” there is a larger and much more significant multiple-of-seven Gawker number: 114.

That’s the address on Fifth Avenue where the company will soon relocate. From Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke‘s report:

“We will be moving out of the walk-up Nolita loft space that has been our home since 2008. Earlier today, we signed a lease for three floors of 114 Fifth Avenue,” Denton wrote in a staff memo that will go out this afternoon. Gawker Media signed a 15-year lease on three floors of the building, with plans to sublet one floor for the time being.

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Westboro Baptist Church: ‘God Hates Gawker’

The zany, fun-loving members of the Westboro Baptist Church have had it with Gawker. They plan to stage a protest in front of the site’s headquarters on Elizabeth Street today, from 3:15 to 3:45 pm.

As Westboro explained in an announcement, everyone else might be fooled by Gawker Media, but not them! “They pretend to be the site that critiques mainstream media, trolling about trying to catch them with their pants down. What they really do is roll out scores of blogs daily full of mocking, irreverent, vulgar, base, worthless bilge.” That certainly sounds terrible.

Sadly for Gawker Media staffers, there is no hope for them. “These hideous haters and squalid sinners lack the sense to think about eternity, and have an awful end coming,” reads Westboro’s flier.

Obviously the Westboro congregation is completely insane, but you’ve got to give them credit for their creative propaganda. Everyone knows Jesus loved him some alliteration.

[h/t: Jim Romenesko]

Gawker Responds to Rape Gif Problem with New Commenting System

gawkerlogoGawker Media has implemented a new commenting system that it hopes will curtail the problem of users leaving rape gifs in comment sections. The new system only displays comments from approved Gawker users. In order to see every comment, you will now have to click “see all.”

Jezebel staffers had penned an open letter to Gawker management, complaining that the rape gif problem was being ignored.

“We receive multiple distressed emails from readers every time this happens, and have been forwarding them to the architects of Kinja and to higher ups on Gawker’s editorial side for months,” read the letter. “Nothing has changed.”

Jezebel’s editor, Jessica Coen, explained the new system in a post:

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Jezebel Calls Out Gawker for Rape Gif Problem

JezebelLogo_FeaturedThe staffers of Jezebel have called out parent company Gawker Media for failing to address a problem in which an anonymous user posts “gifs of violent pornography” in the site’s comments section.

In a post on Jezebel, the site’s writers claimed that they made Gawker management aware of the issue, but the “higher ups” refused to do anything to stop it:

We receive multiple distressed emails from readers every time this happens, and have been forwarding them to the architects of Kinja and to higher ups on Gawker’s editorial side for months. Nothing has changed. During the last staff meeting, when the subject was broached, we were told that there were no plans to enable the blocking of IP addresses, no plans to record IP addresses of burner accounts. Moderation tools are supposedly in development, but change is not coming fast enough.

In response, Gawker Media’s editorial director, Joel Johnson, admitted he and others had let Jezebel staffers down:

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Jezebel Staffers Disappointed with New Editor

Jezebel’s incoming editor — Emma Carmichael — doesn’t start until September, but she’s already involved in some drama. According to Capital New York, several of Jezebel’s staffers are upset that Carmichael (who is white) was chosen over Jezebel’s deputy editorDodai Stewart (who is black).

Stewart has been with Jezebel since 2007, and apparently many thought she was the perfect choice to take over the site from Jessica Coen. “I know we were all really rooting for her,” said one staffer. Instead, Nick Denton opted to bring in Carmichael, and the rumblings began:

I wouldn’t say that we’re unhappy with Emma at all, but… we had like a really optimal choice that they passed over.

Translation: We’re unhappy they picked Emma.

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