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Gawker Lists Its Own Writers Among ’50 Least Important Writers of 2012′

If you’ve already had enough holiday cheer (which means you haven’t had enough holiday alcohol), you’ll probably enjoy Gawker’s list of the 50 Least Important Writers of 2012. And we’re not saying that just because you’re in the mood to hate, but because Gawker included its own staff on the list. Well played, Gawker.

But does Gawker including its own writers on this list mean that the site actually considers all of these people the most important? After all, the fact that they’re listed means that they’re at least somewhat important. Either way, the list is a good waste of time, if you’re looking for one.

Here’s a few other writers that made the cut:

Sorry Mediaite.

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Hurricane Sandy Takes Down Gawker Media, Mediaite, HuffPost, BuzzFeed [Update]

Hurricane Sandy hit the city hard, and along with flooding and devastation, several media companies saw their sites go down. All Gawker Media sites, Mediaite, The Huffington Post, and BuzzFeed were down at some point as Sandy made its way across land.

The source of the outage is flooding at Datagram, which houses the servers used by all the sites that went out. “Gawker sites down after power cut off at Datagram, our data center down on Whitehall St. Backup power didn’t kick in fast enough,” tweeted Nick Denton.

The Huffington Post was down, but is now publishing posts on an extremely stripped down version of the site. “Due to power outages caused by Superstorm Sandy, our own website is experiencing technical difficulties,” reads a post on the site.

BuzzFeed is up now, but isn’t being updated. According to their Twitter account, they’re updating content via other platforms, such as Tumblr.

UPDATE:
BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post are both back up.

Mediaite Gets it Wrong: Accuses Touré of Defending Chris Brown and Pisses off Twitter

This morning Mediaite posted an article written by James Crugnale that claimed  journalist Touré defended Chris Brown’s physical attack of Rihanna as “one little mistake.” This information was supposed to be based on Touré’s Twitter timeline.

The problem? Touré wasn’t defending Chris Brown. He was actually criticizing the singer and a simple read of his timeline would confirm that.

You know how things spread on Twitter. Folk were mad and called out both Crugnale and Mediaite.

Toure tweeted:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uh oh.

Mediaite has since taken the article down and issued an apologetic post that also included tweets from irate Twitter followers – a fairly ineffective way to make amends.

It was shoddy journalism on our part; a look at his feed before and after the comment would have confirmed his true intention — criticizing Brown.

We want to stress that this was an error. A stupid, lazy error that should never have happened. And it’s inexcusable. We’re putting this apology out with greater force than the original story, and can only hope that Touré accepts our sincerest apologies.

It may be safe to say that someone is getting fired.

Last summer, Toure spoke with us about his Twitter strategy for Media Beat. Watch it after the jump.

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Jared Kushner and Dan Abrams Talk, World Stops Spinning

 

 

 

Late yesterday afternoon, Adweek broke the news that Jared Kushner and Dan Abrams were talking, and the news spread like wildfire. Two big time media moguls discussing deals is certainly news, but maybe not as big as everyone thinks/hopes it will be.

The basis of the talks, according to Abrams, was that he was looking for potential investors in his media properties. Abrams’ talk with Kushner’s brother — who owns Thrive Capital — led to his conversations with Jared. Since that was boring, sources told Adweek and New York magazine that the talks really involved Abrams and Kushner joining forces and each owning a 50 percent share in Abrams Media and The New York Observer. One rumor even had Abrams taking control of the editorial side of the Observer.

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Social Media Week Panel Delves Into The Role Of Social Media Editors

SocialMediaWeekLogo.jpgSince it’s Social Media Week here in New York, we thought we would take a minute to highlight an interesting panel from yesterday afternoon.

Sister blog WebNewser was on the scene at the Time & Life building to hear former Fishbowler and current Mediaite editor Rachel Sklar, New York Times social media editor Jennifer Preston, and EW.com managing editor Cyndi Stivers talk about the role of social media editors in newsgathering organizations, on a panel moderated by Time Inc. director of community strategy for lifestyle digital Melissa Parrish.

Some choice insights from the panel included learning what your audience wants to read on your Twitter stream. Said Sklar:

“For Mediaite, it was different because we were a scrappy little start-up financed by Dan Abrams and whoever his private investors are, with a very small team — four of us. As soon as we launched, I became the unofficial PR Newsfeed of Mediaite.

I don’t have much of a filter in terms of the stuff I post.

I was responding to every single negative comment on my personal Twitter, and I started getting emails from people saying, ‘Whoa, you’ve got to back off a little bit.’”

Stivers agreed that news judgment is sometimes necessary:

“I think a lot of times people do forget about the user experience or think about it as an afterthought: Would I be annoyed if I had to click to another page and it was only three lines? Would I feel duped? Would I feel misrepresented?”

And Preston’s insight into how social media is used at the Times was very revealing:

“As journalists for The New York Times, trust is key. You have to make sure you’re providing as much real-time information as you can, but you have to verify it.

You do not join the Cindy McCain or Michelle Obama fan club on Facebook.

We’re not allowed to say “tweet” yet at The New York Times, but you can post to Twitter through TimesPeople.”

Read more: Social Media Editors On The Role Of Social Media Editors –WebNewser

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TVNewser: Katie Couric was among those honored at the duPont Awards at Columbia University last night.

Guardian: About 40 people have taken voluntary buyouts and are leaving Guardian News & Media.

The Business Insider: Former Fishbowl-er Rachel Sklar denied she’s leaving Mediaite, but she may…some day.

CNN: An unauthorized biography of Oprah Winfrey is due out later this year.

Washington Post: Ian Shapira critiques a Vanity Fair article about Kentucky’s Creation Museum. Defending his home state, Shapira said, “Vanity Fair took the cliched route, pointing a huge rifle inside a small bowl full of wriggling fish. The reporter relied on snark rather than a more deeply reported exploration of the museum and, more important, of the lives and mindsets of visitors there.”

2010 Prediction: Gawker Will Be Sued By Joe Francis

joe-francis-shirtless.pngThis isn’t so much a New Year’s prediction as a New Year’s fact: Joe Francis and his publicist have already declared war on Gawker for naming him Douche Of the Decade and pinning the term “rapist” (now changed to “alleged rapist”) to the “Girls Gone Wild” entrepreneur.

Mediaite contacted Francis’ publicist, since the man himself didn’t seem to be taking the case very seriously (he sent the original threat of a lawsuit to Nick Denton with a CC to every major gossip writer in town, and included a shirtless picture of himself) but she assured the Web site that, “Mr. Francis is still proceeding with the suit against Gawker.”

He plans to file the suit on Monday, after the holidays, the publicist said.

Though Gawker hasn’t received the papers yet, we doubt they’ll change their stance by then (if the company’s reactions in the face of a suit launched earlier this year by Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart is any indication). Too bad Francis can’t just sue Gawker’s readers, who are the people that actually voted him to the King Douche spot. Maybe he’ll try that next.

Read More: Happy New Year? Joe Francis Plans To Sue Gawker On Monday — Mediaite

Joe Francis: Gawker’s Douche of the Decade –Gawker

Previously: Francis Threatens Suit

2009: The Year Of Philanthropic Journalism

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Will 2009 be remembered as the year that new media companies, under less duress than traditional print organizations, stopped Scrooging around and started giving back — or at least encouraged their readers to?

Two months ago, The Huffington Post launched its first charity-oriented vertical site, HuffPost Impact, which celebrated Christmas with its socially-conscious 12 days of Giving. And Tina Brown‘s Daily Beast heralded its own vertical, Giving Beast, just one week later.

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Remembering The Year That Was: FishbowlNY Editor On The Menu

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FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst visited the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast today, joining hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven to discuss the biggest media stories of 2009.

On Amanda’s list: stories about layoffs and magazine closings, but good news of circulation revenues climbing at places like The New York Times. Also, announcements of new magazine launches, like Afar and new Web sites, including Atlantic Wire, Mediaite and HollywoodLife.

Also discussed: the biggest stories of the year covered by the media — Balloon Boy, Michael Jackson and Tiger Woods among them — and how the media’s coverage has changed.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

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