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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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Norm Pearlstine Dismisses Spreadsheet Furor [Updated]

Time__Inc_-logo-2ED06AA15C-seeklogo.com_Sometimes, Time-ing can be everything. New York contributing editor Gabriel Sherman has been working on a big feature article about Time Inc. that is due next week.

So… When Gawker fanned the flames of the Sponsored Content Apocalypse with its Monday report about a controversial Sports Illustrated spreadsheet, Sherman was in a perfect warm-phone position to get comment from a top executive. He spoke today with Time Inc. chief content officer Norm Pearlstine:

Pearlstine pushed back hard against the criticism of the document. He said the controversy has been drummed up by the [Newspaper] Guild as part of a tense contract negotiation.

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Gawker Shares Egregious Time Inc. Spreadsheet [Updated]

SICrowdSourceCoverWow. Via the Newspaper Guild, Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan has obtained an internal Time Inc. spreadsheet that was used to help decide which Sports Illustrated writers to lay off.

It is column “J” that is already reverberating across social media. The column is titled: ‘Produces content that [is] beneficial to advertisers:’

Anthony Napoli, a union representative with the Newspaper Guild, tells us: “Time Inc. actually laid off Sports Illustrated writers based on the criteria listed on that chart. Writers who may have high assessments for their writing ability, which is their job, were in fact terminated based on the fact the company believed their stories did not ‘produce content that is beneficial to advertiser relationships.’”

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VICE Responds to Latest Gawker Broadside

ViceTwitterAvatarThe results are in. And if you’re a member of the VICE PR team, they are not pretty.

Employees of Shane Smith‘s globe-spanning operation were quick to respond to a recent call by Hamilton Nolan and co. for in-the-Brooklyn-trenches feedback. Some of it adds up to anything but Jill Abramson problems:

One intern two years ago was excited to receive a full-time position — until the company offered him a salary of $20K. Employees who have worked there full time within the past two years say that salaries well under $30K are routine for “producers.” (One such producer said that after waiting in vain for more than a year for a raise to push their salary up to $30K, they left VICE last year after seeing executives spend what appeared to be thousands of dollars on drugs for a company party.)

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TGI Gawker | Aloha O’Reilly | Gaiman Doodle

PRNewser: Any Internet trail that culminates with Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan responding to Target with – “Take a moment to contemplate how low the bar for heroism in corporate communications must be…” – is definitely worth catching up to.

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TVNewser: On last night’s The O’Reilly Factor, the host detailed flack received from viewers for his recommendation of Hawaii as a vacation spot. His response amounted to The Big Advice.

GalleyCat: One measure of a man is how much their doodle can fetch at auction. With a few days still to go, Neil Gaiman has already reached neighborhood-pub #humblebrag levels.

Gawker Offers VICE a Sincere Mock Apology

GawkerThis is pretty funny. Responding to a weekend interview in The Guardian that relayed some harsh words from VICE co-founder Shane Smith for Nick Denton and co. (“Gawker is a bunch of bitches…”), Hamilton Nolan has posted the following:

CORRECTION TO ALL PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED STORIES:
VICE does not do branded content — rather, it does content sponsored by brands. VICE may also wear some North Face shit, sometimes. We regret any perceived insinuation that VICE is not as cool as VICE would lead you to believe.

In the Guardian interview, Smith said that rather than branded content, VICE sticks to “content sponsored by brands.” In other words, he maintains that the site preserves the integrity of faraway hangs with natives, even when the content appears on the surface to be edging into native advertising territory.

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The New Yorker Illustrates New York’s Obscene Income Inequality With Epic Graphic

New York City’s income inequality between neighborhoods rollercoasters from each subway stop. Get off at Chambers St., and you’re averaging $205,192. Hop off at Kingsbridge Rd., and you’re at $18,610 — likely dipping below the poverty line.

On Tuesday, the New Yorker‘s graphics team released an interactive tool that allows you to see just how all-over-the-place the average income is per household at each station on the MTA’s 21 subway lines.

“It’s particularly bad in New York City—according to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, if the borough of Manhattan were a country,” the magazine explains in its “Idea of the Week,” “the income gap between the richest twenty per cent and the poorest twenty per cent would be on par with countries like Sierra Leone, Namibia, and Lesotho.”

Wow. This makes Gawker writer Hamilton Nolan‘s “Hello from the Underclass” series on unemployment stories all the more dismal.

Click over to the interactive graphic to check it out for yourself.

OK! Magazine Busted on Manufactured Cruise/Holmes Reporting

Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan caught a curious piece of reporting from the current issue of OK!. It seems despite reports of Katie Holmes fearing for her safety from Scientologist tails in the wake of her breakup with Tom Cruise, she somehow found it in her heart to hang out with her estranged hubby on his birthday today. Funny how they were able to dig up that incredibly implausible nugget of info today and still find a way to get it into print… last week. You don’t think they… made it up do you?

Gawker’s New Commenting System Has Some Writers Worried

It seems like at least once per month we’re writing about Gawker Media’s commenters or its commenting systems. The latest development is something concerning the latter. As The New York Observer notes, Gawker Media is rolling out a new form for commenting, called “Kinja.”

If Kinja works right, it will make writers secondary:

Bloggers trained to fear, ignore or disdain the commenters now have a mandate to engage with them, a job that is equal parts forum moderator, lifeguard and whipping boy. Or become obsolete.

Asked if Kinja, in its fully realized form, even required writers, Mr. [Nick] Denton replied, ‘As long as readers want to see discussions in which our staff writers participate, we’ll have staff writers.”

Not especially reassuring news for his editorial employees, who are fretting that those who fail to adapt will be fired.

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N-Word Gets Gawker Blogger Canned

In a post about Kanye West‘s new company DONDA, Seth Abramovitch joked that the name was an acronym for “Dis Original Nigga Dresses Aight.” Writing those words got Abramovitch fired from Gawker.

Granted, with a name like Seth Abramovitch, you really shouldn’t be throwing around the n-word, even as a joke. Even if that joke is about something a rapper might say, one who uses the n-word regularly. That being said, is this really a firing offense? From a website that once posted a graphic photo of a murder victim for the world and his grieving family to see? The blogger who posted that photo still works for Gawker, by the way, making this seem like a pretty arbitrary application of ethical standards.

But it could also signal a shift at Gawker. Abramovitch appears to have been canned by the site’s new editor, A.J. Daulerio, who may be intent on bringing higher moral standards to the website. Or he may just be playing into political correctness. Time will tell.

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