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Posts Tagged ‘Tommy Craggs’

Deadspin Adopts New Format, Readers Understandably Go Nuts

Deadspin has flipped over to the Kinja format, and its readers are not happy about it. Kinja, according to Deadpin’s editor, Tommy Craggs, “break[s] down the wall between readers and writers” by essentially asking readers to create their own blogs using the platform, which Deadspin could use as well:

Your blog will look like any other in the Kinjaverse, including ours. As I say, you’ll have access to all the same tools, which include fun new toys like image annotation (more on which later). Any Kinja user can follow you. With the push of a button, you can republish stories from our site; we’ll likewise be able to republish stories from yours. Some of you may have some (justifiable) proprietary concerns about this arrangement. Don’t worry: You’ll get the byline, the credit, and the traffic.

In other words, Deadspin gets to mine readers’ creations and enjoy the traffic that rolls in and readers get to… Blog. You can see why Deadspin’s readers are a little annoyed. As one commenter explained, “If you use our stuff, we don’t get paid.” Craggs is quick to point out that “for now” republishing is only a link and a bit of text, but the countdown until Deadspin uses bloggers’ entire posts has officially begun.

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Deadspin Criticizes Bleacher Report for Being Like Deadspin [Update]

Most sports fan know that Bleacher Report is a site filled with mostly unintelligent content created in such a way that it garners the most page views possible. Almost every post is either a giant exaggeration or a list of some kind. And that’s fine. Sometimes it’s fun to click through a slideshow of “The 10 Most Overrated Socks in The NFL.” But Deadspin doesn’t think there’s anything good about BR, as evidenced by a post today.

Deadspin links to a SF Weekly piece about BR and picks out a bunch of sections to show just how terrible BR can be. Deadspin says that BR uses a team to analyze trends so that the site’s articles will attract hits, that BR’s headlines are purposely misleading and that the site  is “every bad or degrading moment anyone’s ever had in journalism, all strung together and turned into machine-certified corporate policy.”

That is all sort of true! But, uh, isn’t this the pot calling the kettle black? After all, Deadspin is a site most famous for posting a picture of Brett Favre’s sausage, and we’re not talking about an Instagrammed brunch.

Deadspin’s post even admits that they take similar tactics to BR, so why even post the hit piece in the first place? It’s almost like Deadspin went overboard with its opinion just to attract readers. What an odd thing to do.

UPDATE:
Tommy Craggs, Deadspin’s editor-in-chief, just wrote me about this post. He proclaimed that my take was both “fucking stupid” and “fucking idiotic,” which I think means he loved it. The exchange between Craggs and I is below.

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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. A. J. Daulerio Named EIC of Gawker, Tommy Craggs EIC of Deadspin, November 28
  2. Newsweek iPad App Coming in January, November 30
  3. Changes to The New York Times Comment System Brings out the Crazies, December 1 
  4. November Sweeps Indicate WNYW/Channel 5 Owns 10 p.m./November 29
  5. Time Inc. Finally Names CEO, November 30
  6. It’s a Clean Sweep of the November Sweeps for WABC/Channel 7, November 28
  7. Laura Lang on Taking CEO Spot at Time: ‘I Have Always Trusted My Instincts,’ December 1
  8. Big Changes at Brides, December 1

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A.J. Daulerio Named EIC of Gawker, Tommy Craggs EIC of Deadspin

Nick Denton just tweeted some big news: A.J. Daulerio has been named the Editor-in-Chief of Gawker, and Tommy Craggs will be succeeding Daulerio as Editor-in-Chief of Deadspin. There is no word as of now what the future holds for Remy Stern, the current Editor-in-Chief of Gawker.

We’ve reached out to Denton, Daulerio and Stern for comment. We’ll update as we learn more.

UPDATE:
According to the New York Times, Denton said that Stern will remain at Gawker Media as a consultant, and Daulerio was moved to Gawker to help grow the site. “We need to release the full potential of the site’s excellent roster of writers — and fill out the team with new hires,” wrote Denton in an internal memo. “A.J. has proven himself as both developer and recruiter of editorial talent. That’s what the site needs right now. Hence the switch.”

UPDATE TWO:
Stern emailed us the following statement:

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Grantland vs. Deadspin

It’s been about a month and a half since the launch of Bill Simmons‘ sports/pop culture site Grantland. Since that time, Gawker Media’s sports site Deadspin has featured about 10 pieces trashing its upstart rival. Possibly because Grantland tried to poach Deadspin’s Tommy Craggs, possibly because they’re nervous about the competition, but more likely because that’s just what they do.

Grantland has been getting mostly kudos for its content thus far. But kudos don’t pay the bills. So how’s the site faring traffic-wise? The chart above shows an Alexa side-by-side comparison of Grantland and Deadspin’s global reach. As you can see, Grantland had a huge launch, but seems to have settled down a bit–pulling in about the same reach as Deadspin. Keep in mind, these two sites tackle virtually the same subjects but with wildly different philosophies. Deadspin publishes about 15 posts a day–some simply quick-hit videos, others slightly longer and loaded with snark–while Grantland typically has 3-4 longform pieces rooted in earnestness. Deadspin also has a heavy emphasis on the comment sections of its pieces, while Grantland has forgone reader feedback in favor of old-school media omniscience.

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ESPN Has a Resevoir (Tip) of Condom Regulations

Deadspin got a hold of ESPN’s standards and practices manual and posted it late this afternoon-revealing the network’s strange and somewhat obsessive regulations regarding condoms. As far as we can tell, there are no less than six protocols involving condoms.

• Condom advertisements may air only between 9:00 p.m. and 4:59 a.m. (ET).

• Condom advertisements may not air in morning editions of SportsCenter

• Condom advertisements may not air in any programming ESPN reasonably believes to have significant audience concentrations or appeals to persons under age 17.

• Condom advertisements may not appear on ESPN.com home page, index pages, NCAA, Action Sports, Arcade, RISE or Little League.

• Condom advertisements may not appear on any content that ESPN reasonably believes is primarily targeted at persons under age 17, including youth fan pages.

• Condom advertisements promoting purely Social Responsibility messages may air on the ESPN home page and Index pages.

Writes Deadspin’s Tommy Craggs: “Had ESPN always been so strict about not putting rubbery sacks of human ejaculate on television, Chris Berman would be working an Action News sports desk somewhere in the Lower Connecticut River Valley.”

Zing!

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