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Gawker’s John Cook Leaves for First Look Media

GawkerJohn Cook, editor of Gawker, is leaving the site to join Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media. Recode reports that Max Read will succeed Cook.

Other First Look hires include The Guardian’Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi, formerly of Rolling Stone.

Cook had been with Gawker since 2009.

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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‘Dumb Starbucks’ Makes Venti Media Waves

DumbStarbucksLogoWhatever the nature of the bizarre coffee shop that opened Friday at 1802 Hillhurst Avenue in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz district, it’s brewing up – two days later – some very impressive east coast coverage. Following an initial report by LA public radio station KPCC, the “Dumb Starbucks” has today been written up at Gawker, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. With no doubt more such coverage to come before the java-jig is up.

From Luke O’Neil‘s Gawker dispatch:

The odds are that this is some sort of dumb viral marketing stunt or other, and the fact that Dan Harmon of Community and Rainn Wilson were among some of the first to post about it on social media suggests a dumb TV show angle. Further casting suspicion are the dumb store’s dumb disclaimers on their dumb FAQ, where they qualify themselves as a work of parody art in order to circumvent the very, very likely trademark infringement suit they could be subject to.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: MSNBC Announces New Shows | Tarantino Sues Gawker | Van Susteren Blasts Pundit

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MSNBC Shaking Up Daytime Schedule (TVNewser)
MSNBC is announcing major changes to its daytime lineup. Cable news newcomer Ronan Farrow will host his new show at 1 p.m. ET, sources tell TVNewser, while Joy Reid, the managing editor of NBC’s TheGrio.com, who has been filling in on MSNBC, is expected to be named host at 2. p. m. ET. Tamron Hall, who currently anchors NewsNation at 2 p.m., is negotiating a new contract that would give her an expanded role at the Today show while also keeping her on the MSNBC schedule. Meanwhile, the noon hour has seen fill-in anchors since Alex Wagner moved to 4 p.m. two weeks ago. TVNewser News in the morning. Opinion in the afternoon. That sums up the changes coming to MSNBC’s daytime schedule. The afternoon additions will also create flow in the mornings where Morning Joe leads into Chuck Todd’s DC-based politics hour, followed by Chris Jansing’s newscast. Hall’s NewsNation follows at 11 a.m. with Andrea Mitchell moving back an hour to noon. “Andrea Mitchell is so critical to MSNBC and I’ve always thought her show should be at noon,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin says. “Andrea brings on the biggest newsmakers of the day and the new time slot will help showcase her work.” NYT The network, which will be on a break from its usual lineup to cover the Winter Olympics starting in two weeks, will introduce Farrow as host of the 1 p.m. hour starting Feb. 24. Farrow, the 26-year-old son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, has already amassed a long résumé, including being a Rhodes Scholar and a Yale Law School graduate, and a stint in the Obama administration. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In his memo to staff, Griffin commended MSNBC for getting off to “a great start in 2014.” “We’ve broken news, done important reporting and lead the way on a variety of stories this month And the audience has responded with some of our highest ratings since the 2012 election,” he wrote. “I’m proud of the fantastic work all our teams are doing, particularly those of you who have been juggling multiple assignments. Thank you for your hard work and flexibility.”

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Nick Denton to Marry in May

nick_dentonNick Denton is getting hitched. The New York Post reports that Denton, the man behind the Gawker Media empire, will marry Derrence Washington — an actor — on May 31. The two have been dating for a little over a year.

Apparently save the dates for the wedding went out this week. While ours must have been lost in the mail, we can tell you that the ceremony will be at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium.

Now you know where to go to crash it.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Romney Responds to MHP | Zimmerman Out at Gawker | Post Spurs Outrage

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Romney Addresses Melissa Harris-Perry Comments: ‘People Make Mistakes’ (TVNewser)
Mitt Romney has accepted an apology from MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry after she and several guests mocked a Romney family photo that included his adopted black grandson, the former presidential candidate said on Fox News Sunday. “I recognize that people make mistakes, and the folks at MSNBC made a big mistake. They’ve apologized for it, and that’s all you can ask for. I’m going to move on from that; I’m sure they want to move on from it,” Romney said. The Root When asked about the so-called attack on the baby, Romney said, “If you get in the political game, you can expect incoming. But children, you know, that’s beyond the line, and I think they understand that, and feel that as well. I think it’s a heartfelt apology. I think for that reason, we hold no ill will whatsoever.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Harris-Perry offered a tearful and passionate apology to the Romneys on Saturday for remarks she and her panelists made about the family’s adopted black grandchild. In her apology on Saturday, Harris-Perry said she had intended to say “positive and celebratory things” about the photo. “But whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive, and showing the photo in that context of the segment was poor judgment,” she said. Daily Caller Harris-Perry’s apology to Romney drew derision from yet another one of her former colleagues. “If I cry, will I be forgiven of all my transgressions?” actor Alec Baldwin tweeted on Saturday night, before quickly deleting it.

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The Next Step for Gawker’s ‘Ethical Viral Engineering’

NeetzanZimmermanThis will stand as the new benchmark of success for a Gawker employee. Start working for Nick Denton; get your own website vertical 18 months later.

Per a great little interview feature today by Capital New York’s Matthew Lynch, that is the plan for in-house clicks wizard Neetzan Zimmerman. And who can blame Denton? As Capital New York frames it, Zimmerman currently outpaces, on his own, blog networks with tens of employees :

Under this plan, Zimmerman would get both his own landing page and an intern (Gawker calls them “fellows,” and pays them by the hour) whom he can train in his “dark arts,” a phrase that comes up a lot among legacy editorial types discussing Zimmerman and his counterparts in the increasingly brutal game for attention spans on the Internet.

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Joel Johnson Named Gawker Media Editorial Director

GawkerJoel Johnson, founder of Consumerist and former editor of Gizmodo and Kotaku, has been named editorial director of Gawker Media.

Johnson had most recently served as an editor-at-large for Gawker. He has previously served as an editor at Boing Boing, Wired and Animal NY.

Johnson tweeted that he was “Happy to return to my ancestral homeland Gawker Media.”

Gawker: Newspaper Columnists are Too Old

Gawker has uncovered something fairly obvious: The majority of newspaper columnists are old dudes. The site crunched the data for columnists at The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. It also included columnists at The Creators Syndicate, Universal Press, King Features and Tribune Media. Gawker found that the average and median age was about 60.

This, according to Gawker, is a terrible thing. This is why there are so many terrible columns published:

Why are newspaper opinion columnists so consistently baffled by the politics, technologies, and social mores of the 21st century? We’ve crunched some data, and we think we’ve figured out the answer: They’re old as hell.

Now prepare yourself for another fairly obvious thing: Gawker is wrong. The fact that the average and median ages of columnists is 60 is not a big deal. The fact that most are men? That’s a big deal. But older people have this thing called experience. This is why they get columns.

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America’s ‘Longest Married Couple’ Blankets Media

John and Ann Betar, the 102-year-old husband and 98-year-old wife who celebrated their 81st wedding anniversary Monday, have been all over the news lately. They have been celebrated by outlets that both pre-date (New York Daily News, Daily Mail) and post-date (Gawker, TODAY) the days when he courted her at the wheel of a Ford Roadster.

The most shameless, bad-pun headline that occurred to this writer would have begun: “For Betar or Worse: Connecticut Couple…” Thankfully, the closest anyone came to that was: “Who Said It Wouldn’t Last?….”

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