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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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Gawker Media ‘Kegerator’ Has Its Own Website

JoyrideKegeratorThere’s an interesting factoid in the latest bit of press for Queens-based and now bi-coastal company Joyride Coffee Distributors. According to freelance Post contributor Maridel Reyes, employees at one NYC media company have the option of making sure – before they get out of their chair – that a trip to the iced cofee “kegerator” will be worth the walk:

Joyride’s first kegerator was installed at Gawker last May — and the media company’s kept it ever since. It even maintains a website where workers can check if the keg is empty or not.

The list of media companies running on Joyride coffee is long and impressive. Besides Gawker, their product adorns the offices of Twitter, BuzzFeed and Mashable.

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Michael Kuntz Leaves Hearst for Gawker Media

Michael KuntzMichael Kuntz is leaving Hearst Magazines for Gawker Media, where he’ll serve as VP of sales. Kuntz had been with Hearst for only a little over a year, serving as publisher and chief revenue officer of Popular Mechanics.

The time with Popular Mechanics was Kuntz’s second stint with Hearst, as he head worked there from 2006 to 2009, serving as a director of sales for SmartMoney.

In a tweet, Nick Denton, founder of Gawker, described hiring Kuntz as a “big get.”

Quentin Tarantino Sues Gawker

ShutterstockQuentinTarantinoQuentin Tarantino — the man responsible for bringing us great films like Reservoir Dogs and awful films like Death Proof — is suing Gawker Media.

According to Deadline, Tarantino filed a legal complaint against Gawker for posting a link to the leaked script to The Hateful Eight, a western Tarantino was planning to release. Tarantino announced that he was canceling the film because someone made the script public, so naturally he’s mad at Gawker too.

Tarantino’s complaint charges Gawker with copyright infringement and contributory copyright infringement. Here’s a snippet from the filing, in which Gawker is labeled as “predatory journalism:”

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Nick Denton to Marry in May

nick_dentonNick Denton is getting hitched. The New York Post reports that Denton, the man behind the Gawker Media empire, will marry Derrence Washington — an actor — on May 31. The two have been dating for a little over a year.

Apparently save the dates for the wedding went out this week. While ours must have been lost in the mail, we can tell you that the ceremony will be at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium.

Now you know where to go to crash it.

Joel Johnson Named Gawker Media Editorial Director

GawkerJoel Johnson, founder of Consumerist and former editor of Gizmodo and Kotaku, has been named editorial director of Gawker Media.

Johnson had most recently served as an editor-at-large for Gawker. He has previously served as an editor at Boing Boing, Wired and Animal NY.

Johnson tweeted that he was “Happy to return to my ancestral homeland Gawker Media.”

Gawker Launches Redesign, Readers Hate It


Gawker Media has revamped its website layout once again, and once again, readers are voicing their disapproval. For the record, we agree with the readers, the design sucks. However, it was changed because of that thing called money.

The most recent version of Gawker sites featured a lot of large images and space. The new look is much more dense, replacing the big photos — most of which were great — with smaller ones. The other big change is a box ad on the left side of the page, which sort of sticks out. Nick Denton, Gawker’s CEO, expects everyone to get used to it. “Viewability is increasingly important to advertisers,” he told Digiday. “And like it or not, the 300 x 250 is the most common ad on the web.”

Just like every other Gawker redesign, readers greeted the change with irrational anger.

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Nick Denton Talks to Nieman About Gawker Media’s ‘Most Significant’ Tech Investment

It rhymes with “ninja” and Denton tells Nieman Lab’s Adrienne LaFrance that for the past year, a team of 30 full-time tech staffers has been working hard to integrate it across Gawker Media properties. Tonight, that Kinja coolness is being fully implemented.

It’s the latest bold attempt by Denton to reinvigorate the experience of commenting on and sharing breaking news, gossip. Among the more notable aspects of what LaFrance refers to as an embedded “reblogging platform” is the ability for readers to create new, customized headlines and teasers for a Gawker, Jezebel or other site story:

“For instance, say a story was written for gamers — they can translate it for a more general audience,” Denton said. “And, if that URL is shared, it is shared with the new headline and intro.”

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