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Washington Post Publisher Announces Newsroom Move to One Franklin Square (FishbowlDC)
Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth announced in a memo to staff the paper’s relocation to One Franklin Square. HuffPost One Franklin Square is located in downtown Washington, D.C. Weymouth said that the move is set for 2016 and the new location is expected to be “a more efficient and collaborative space.” Poynter / MediaWire The new digs are about three blocks from the news organization’s current location. The Washington Post / Digger The selection of the building followed a real estate hunt that began in February of last year before Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, acquired the newspaper in October. Washington Business Journal / Breaking Ground The Post signed a long-term lease with Hines Interests LP for the space in the West Tower of 1301 K Street NW. The Post has been working on a deal with Hines for some time now.

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Gizmodo Editor Replaced

Geoff Manaugh [pictured] is out as editor of Gawker’s tech site Gizmodo after only nine months. According to a memo obtained by Jim Romenesko, Manaugh and Gawker weren’t a good match:

Geoff is a real talent and one of the smartest thinkers in our editorial group, but unfortunately did not integrate well with the structure both within his team and the company as a whole.

Manaugh seemed to agree, tweeting “Fun while it lasted, but time to get back to writing. The good news is I never have to use Kinja again.”

Prior to joining Gawker, Manaugh was a senior editor for Dwell and a contributing editor to Wired UK. He is also the founder of Bldg Blog.

Brian Barrett will succeed Manaugh as Gizmodo’s editor-in-chief.

Gawker Media Ad Paints Accurate Blogging Picture

It’s not so much the words that caught our eye in this NYC editorial fellow job ad, though some of those are notable as well. It’s the image that sits above the Gizmodo/Gawker job description.

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Even the fact that the pop culture references are crossed – this is sort of Charles Dickens meets the Dead End Kids - is somewhat perfect, because today, so much of entry-level blogging demands that. If you’re going to make it in never-ending-deadline-Town, hopscotching from one clever reference to the next is a must. When necessary, in other words, lose the “Oliver” and ratchet up the “Twist.”

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YouTube Takes Steps to Filter Out Offensive Comments

The public reaction to Popular Science choosing to turn off website reader comments is split. For those who think it was a poor resolution, the simultaneous approach of YouTube this week will no doubt be most welcome.

Per NYC-based Gizmodo contributor Brent Rose, the Google-owned behemoth is moving to try and control its own wild flow of conversation beneath the embedded videos. Various steps include offering Google+ users “private” conversation options and giving publishers a range of filters:

Currently, content creators can choose to allow all comments in, turn off commenting completely or manually approve each comment. For big channels that garner millions of views a week, it isn’t possible to go through every comment that comes in — but now, YouTube is introducing filters that will make it easier.

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Gizmodo Gets a TV Show

Gizmodo, the tech blog from Gawker Media, is coming to your TV sets. On Monday, March 18th, at 10:20 pm, “Gizmodo: The Gadget Testers” will debut on BBC America. The hour-long special will feature gadget reviews (duh) and is hosted by Joel Johnson, Greg Foot, OJ Borg and Veronica Belmont. Joe Brown, editor of Gizmodo, will also be making an appearance.

The downside of the program is that the stuff being analyzed is a bit dated. Johnson explained why:

Now if you’re reading this, I’m certain you’re going to notice a few things about this show. For one, the gadgets we’re testing are a few months out of date. That’s because we shot most of the it before CES. If we were to make more of these—a television series, let’s say—turning production around faster would of course be a priority.

As it is a pilot, the site needs people to watch in order for more episodes to be picked up by BBC America. So, if you’re a fan of Gizmodo and what they do, why not tune in? Who knows, if this show gets the nod, maybe it will lead to a Deadspin show hosted by Manti Te’o.

Joe Brown Returns to Wired

Joe Brown, most recently the top editor of Gawker Media’s Gizmodo, is returning to Wired. Brown has been named New York editor, a new role at the magazine. Brown previously worked in Wired’s San Francisco offices from 2007 to 2010.

Aside from running wired.com in the morning, Brown will be responsible for building a New York editorial team, which will include a senior editor.

“Joe is a smart, aggressive, agenda-setting editor,” said Scott Dadich, editor-in-chief of Wired, in a statement. “We could not be happier that he’s joining us in New York.”

No word yet on who will replace Brown at Gizmodo.

Gizmodo Bans its Own Editor for Insulting Commenters

Jesus Diaz, an editor for Gizmodo, has been banned from commenting on the site. In a post titled, “I Just Banned Jesus Diaz,” Gizmodo’s Editor-in-Chief, Joe Brown, explained that Diaz had crossed the line. “I hate to do this, but we have to hold ourselves to the same standards as we hold our readers; these lines have to exist for us as well,” wrote Brown.

Diaz was banned for hurling insults at Gizmodo commenters who disagreed with a post about Google altering its privacy practices. When a commenter called the post “sensationalist,” Diaz lost his damn mind. ”It’s amazing how moronic people can be and how hard they can suck on corporate cock,” wrote Diaz. “The above [comment] is a good case of this pro-corporate whoring.” Diaz wasn’t done there. He went on to tell another commenter, “Google fandroids like you are as bad as Apple fanboys like Gruber. All of you sucking on corporate cock and lying off your tits.”

Okay! Well then. Everyone please note that corporate cock, pro-corporate whoring and something called “lying off your tits” are not in Diaz’s wheelhouse.

Given the ridiculousness of Diaz’s comments, Brown was right to ban him. It’s a smart move and shows support for Gizmodo’s readers. Hopefully the disciplinary move will make Diaz think more before he writes.

Brian Lam Departs Gizmodo

Brian Lam, the Editor-in-Chief for Gawker Media’s technology site Gizmodo, is leaving after five years. His farewell post didn’t say much, but The New York Times managed to gain access to a memo from Nick Denton about Lam’s departure:

A very quick note to let you know about a big change at Gizmodo before the news hits externally: Brian Lam is leaving the site after five years.

Having moved to the New York office, Joe Brown — another Wired veteran — is taking over as editor in chief at the end of the month. Matt Buchanan will be deputy editor.

Brian is writing up a post on Gizmodo. But let me just say this: Brian’s editorial flair and empathetic management are inspirational. He’s put together the best technology team on the Web. It’s hard to imagine Gizmodo without him; but it will always carry his DNA.

AdWeek Celebrates The Best Of The Aughts

wired222.jpgWe’re only a couple of weeks away from 2010, and that means it’s time for every publication still in existence to start doing a “Best Of The Decade” list like its VH1′s entire programming line-up.

Lists are great because they are fun, subjective, and get people talking. We’ve seen Time magazine take that idea to heart in its recent issue, and today AdWeek has rolled out a slew of decade-spanning “Best Of” lists that are sure to get some media executives primping their feathers…and others grinding their teeth.

As the editors said in their foreword, the winners this year “weren’t all 21-year-old whiz kids,” which is a relief from what we heard a decade ago when talking about Internet branding and marketing. The Media Company of the Decade award was a no-brainer; the title went to Google for its “game-changing, pay-per-click ad model” which “helped pull the left-for-dead online advertising business out of the post-Web 1.0 recession.” Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google also won the Web Entrepreneurs of the Year award.

More of Adweek‘s “Bests” after the jump

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At Gawker, Traffic Graphs Only Tell Part Of The Story

Yesterday, Gawker‘s Nick Denton boasted about the tremendous revenue growth his company had experienced during the first half of the year, despite the recession.

Denton also published some graphs showing weekly traffic at his company’s sites since May 2007. All of them seem to be trending up or flat throughout 2009, except for auto site Jalopnik, which peaked early in the year and has been dropping off ever since.

Denton attributed the fall off to the Detroit Auto Show. “It produces a huge spike at the start of the year. (And a dip, afterwards.)” he told us via email. “It’s like an election distorts the numbers for political sites.”

He also sent us this helpful chart, which shows that Jalopnik’s traffic has actually almost doubled over the last year, although it missed its target for June by 10 percent.

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Looks like there is lots to celebrate at Gawker these days. And, word on the street is they’re hiring, after just announcing the addition of former LA Times Web Editor Richard Rushfield as West Coast editor for Gawker’s flagship site. If you’re job hunting right now, Nick Denton might be good person to introduce yourself to.

Update: Jalopnik editor Ray Wert tells us they’ve just hired “top-notch writing talent” John Krewson, a founding writer at The Onion, as deputy editor for the auto blog.