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Airbnb Sex Party Victim: It’s All About Finding the Outlets Most Likely to ‘Sneeze’ Your Viral Content

Talk about backing into some media outreach.

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Thanks to Inc. reporter Will Yakowicz, there is now a highly entertaining granular record of how Chelsea apartment dweller Ari Teman was able to recover from unwittingly airBNB-ing his place to a sex party organizer.

Teman, a stand-up comic, figures that the now-infamous “XXX Freak Fest” did $67,000 worth of damage to his place. Subtract the $23,000 he’s getting from Airbnb and that still leaves this tenant with a large amount of ground to make up:

From there, Teman commenced a calculated campaign to publicize the story. He started with Gawker, BuzzFeed and Gothamist and word quickly spread. The story has now been in 83 print and online publications around the world. Teman also has been a guest on 27 radio shows including Howard Stern and Opie and Anthony, and about a dozen TV shows like Fox’s Good Day NY, CBS’s The Couch and even news programs in Australia and Israel…

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NBC Nightly News Staffer Tweets Out Pictures of Horrific Midtown Taxicab Accident

On a normal workday, writer Bradd Jaffy (pictured) is mainly concerned on Twitter with co-manning the @NBCNightlyNews feed.* But today, due to some ghastly 49th Street and 6th Avenue circumstances, it was his personal account grabbing the headlines.

Within minutes of Jaffy tweeting out some 30 Rock pictures of a wayward taxicab injury scene, some showing Dr. Oz, he was being contacted via Twitter by journalists. Gothamist’s Christopher Robbins and Juan Arellano of the New York Post were first to get in touch, in the latter case for example leading to this multiple-photo use.

Today’s midtown events are sadly reminiscent of a Venice Beach, CA boardwalk incident that claimed the life of an Italian newlywed tourist. The injured British female visitor had only just arrived in Manhattan last night.

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Gothamist Deputy Editor Goes Semi-Gonzo

Jen Carlson‘s initial plan was admirable. However, it ran into some predictable problems:

My pitch to live 24 hours like Hunter S. Thompson was killed on account of not being able to procure enough cocaine by 3:45 p.m., the time that Thompson would start to binge on the stuff. Also: lawyers, waivers, etc.

Instead, Carlson grabbed some healthier Trader Joe’s sustenance and put together a string of photos documenting Thompson’s late 1950s and early 1960s Manhattan abodes. The fun of an article like this is the comments, drawing out the latest ramblings of HST fans. A couple of our favorites:

LesFleursDuMal: I’ve seen that [E.G. Carroll biography] rundown on HST’s [daily] routine before and also read that it was made up by a journalist who had an ax to grind with Thompson. But even if it’s HALF true, yeah, he did live like a boss.

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Gothamist Commenter Arrested for Threatening Ray Kelly

For some reason, people continue to think that law enforcement agencies and the government aren’t paying attention to what is said online. The latest case proving that you can’t just say whatever the hell you feel like involves Gothamist commenter Richard Strauss, who has been arrested for threatening NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly.

The New York Post reports that Strauss, who is a “top 50″ commenter on Gothamist under the handle “Ladder157,” got a little out of control when discussing a post about the NYPD, and allegedly wrote the following comment:

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Blogs Caught Trading Posts for Free Airline Tickets

 

Most in New York media take themselves way too seriously, so FishbowlNY loves it when they get served a big, steaming dish of humble pie. That’s exactly what happened on Friday afternoon, when Gothamist wrote about three blogs — Eater, Jaunted and Grub Streetaccepting free airline tickets in exchange for a post.

It all started when LAN airlines pitched the blogs to come document a publicity stunt in which they would give away round trip tickets to any destination in South America to every person at a restaurant. Gothamist declined, but the other blogs didn’t. Eater, Jaunted and Grub Street all wrote about the event soon after, without disclosing that they had received free tickets too.

It was only after Gothamist started poking around and asking questions that the blogs added disclosures to their posts, and indicated that they (of course!) wouldn’t be using the tickets.

The relationship between journalists and companies is always a sticky one, but the blogs all should have mentioned getting free tickets. But admitting that you got paid off to write an ad for a company kind of tarnishes that air of importance, doesn’t it?

Oh, and FULL DISCLOSURE (see, not that hard): I have written for Gothamist.

Gothamist Enters Long Form World with a Splash

Gothamist, the blog that covers anything and everything New York, has entered the world of long form writing in a big way. Today the site has published snippets of a piece titled, “Confessions of a ‘Rape Cop’ Juror.” The article was written by Patrick Kirkland, one of the jurors who acquitted the infamous NYPD “rape cop,” Kenneth Moreno.

It’s a very powerful read, so FishbowlNY decided to catch up with Jake Dobkin, Gothamist’s Publisher and Co-Fouder, to talk with him about it and the site’s first foray into long form pieces. [Full disclosure: I have freelanced for Gothamist]

Gothamist got about 300 submissions when it put out the word that it was looking to publish something in the long form realm, but Dobkin said Kirkland’s easily stood out among the crowd.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Judge Rules that Reposting an Entire Article Without Permission is “Fair Use,” June 21
  2. How Alec Baldwin Got an Overworked AOL Blogger Fired, June 22
  3. New York Launches Dating Website, June 20 (left)
  4. Gothamist is Looking for Journalists to Write Long-Form Features, June 23
  5. Why The Washington Post Passed on the Vargas Story, June 23
  6. AOL/Huffington Post Considering Paid Content, June 21
  7. Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Reveals He’s an Illegal Immigrant, June 22
  8. Al Qaeda “Hit List” Targets Media Execs, June 17

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Gothamist Is Looking for Journalists to Write Long-Form Features

Gothamist is looking to start adding long form non-fiction features (that it pays for) to its website. Common sense in the age of aggregation tells us this may be a pipe dream. How can it possibly work? What about the page views?! It seems Gothamist itself isn’t so sure — so it’s entering the fray very slowly. It posted a call to journalists on its site explaining its plan to publish one single feature next month.

We will pay one journalist $5,000 to write a long-form non-fiction piece in the 5,000 to 15,000 word range. Subject: Something relevant to our audience of over one million 20-36 year-old readers in New York, timely but with a shelf-life longer than a week. We’re open to any topic, although we would like something that could be well-illustrated with photos or infographics.

Gothamist will in turn cover the editing, production, and advertising, and publish the piece to the various eBook singles platforms for $1 to $3. If the “experiment” makes a profit, “we’ll share them with the writer once we’ve recouped our initial costs.” We’d like to see if they can pull it off! If you’re a long-form writer yourself, the deadline for pitches is Friday, July 1 — get further details from Gothamist here.

Local NY Bloggers Speak: Why Write, When You Can Aggregate?

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Lockhart Steele with Jake Dobkin, Jonathan Butler, and Mark Josephson

“300 words, max…anything else, it’s an essay.” Those were the words of New York blogger Jake Dobkin at last night’s panel for The Future of Local Media.

The topic this month was “Local Journalism: What’s Cool In Your Hood?” But, the only thing the panelists could seem to agree upon was the more posts, the better — even when it means the death of any original journalism.

“We write 20 to 24 pieces of content a day,” said Jonathan Butler, founder of Brooklyn blog Brownstoner. “Generally all but three of those pieces are original reporting…Picture posts are great.”

Dobkin, who founded Gothamist in 2003, was definitely seeking to provoke his audience. When asked about the concept of pay walls for online publications, the young entrepreneur flippantly replied that this would be the best thing for his business. “Have them charge $20 for content! No one else will pay, but we will, and we will steal their stories,” he said. “That’s my two year plan.”

Behind the bluster, Dobkin has a point: Why pay for original content when blogs will aggregate it for their readers for free?

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Election Day 2008: The Palin Media Doctrine and Other While-You-Wait Links

While we wait for the results to start rolling in here’s some vids from SNL‘s Election special last night — not the funniest we’ve seen this season, but Sarah Palin made a surprise appearance and we may not be seeing much of her after tomorrow, so there’s that. Also, New Yorkers should check out Gothamist for great election day coverage, including pics, from across the city (apparently Tim Robbins had a small voting fiasco on W 14th St). Those of you who continue to suffer from the sudden disappearance of Radaronline will probably enjoy this (“It’s like they were born on third base and forgot that the Supreme Court waved them home.”) And, after the jump, Chris Matthews loves Obama, and Hillary Clinton’s future plans, the SNL version.

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