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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.

Why did Bill Keller Resign as The New York Times’ Editor?

The announcement today that Bill Keller would be replaced by Jill Abramson as Executive Editor at the New York Times was something of a bombshell. Keller, it seems, has been achieving a higher and higher profile lately with his columns for the Times. So what’s the story behind this? The official statement is that Keller stepped down, and his boss Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the paper’s publisher, accepted his resignation “with mixed emotions.” But is there more to it than that?

Hamilton Nolan at Gawker speculated:

The official word is that this was completely Keller’s decision, and “with a formidable combination in place to succeed him, he felt it was a good time to step aside.” Fine. Could be the truth, and that’s it. Then again, could be more to it. The NYT may very well have another round of newsroom cuts coming down the road—declining print ad revenue will not be replaced by online ad revenue (or paywall revenue), so eventual cutbacks are inevitable. Keller’s already presided over one major round of newsroom layoffs. Maybe he just didn’t want the heartache of doing another

Another question is: how long has Keller wanted to leave? In a recent Esquire interview with Keller, it seems that he may have thought he would be working the job for much longer.

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Forbes Wants Bloggers to Work for Free

zzfortune.jpgNothing better than a magazine about and for wealthy people soliciting bloggers to work for free.

Hamilton Nolan at Gawker writes:

Sad to see such an established name falling into the ol’ Craigslist-level “work in exchange for exposure” hustle. Patrick Phillips, the founder of IWantMedia-actually a famous site, already!-got an offer from Forbes to come be their peon:

Greetings Patrick, I cover media here at Forbes and am working on building our blogger’s network – I truly enjoy IWantMedia.com (you pickup plenty of our stuff, of course). Our media and entertainment blog is one of our top channels and we’re recruiting contributors to grow it. Our idea is to build a group of new contributors who will each post at least once or twice weekly offering any smart take, news or analysis related to media. Would you be interested? …
Our posts aren’t as long as regular articles – sometimes just a couple grafs. We could also consider running posts of your own from your own blog or site. There’s no compensation involved, but your posts would be available to millions of Forbes readers. I’ve attached the blogger agreement which states (in so many words) that Forbes doesn’t own your content but can use it.

Previously on FBLA: Scrubs Magazine Doesn’t Give Their Writers Health Care

WaPo Journo Writes About Future of Newspapers After Being Lifted by Gawker

newspaper-reporting-101-mrr-ebook-cover.jpgLast month, Ian Shapira did a story about Millennials and it was picked up by Hamilton Nolan at Gawker. Shapira’s story was “stolen” – eight paragraphs used with a link but little attribution to to original reporter.

Shapira penned a piece titled “The Death of Journalism (Gawker Edition)“. It details all the work that went into gathering information about the story. In it Shapira brings up some interesting points about the downfall of news reporting.

Well sum up: remember the story about Henny Penny? The chicken who does all the work and then once it’s done all her blogger friends show up and want to eat the bread she’s made? It’s like that only in the story she’s makes them all go away and enjoys her bread herself. In reality, after hours of tedious and expensive news gathering the other farm animals eat the bread and Henny Penny works harder and gets thinner and thinner…

Shapira writes:

Marburger compared my article and the Gawker posting and concluded: “This is what in our opinion is a huge contributor to the demise of those who are originating news reports. If you don’t change the law to stop this, originators of news reports cannot survive.”

Whole piece here.

On The Menu: How To Make It In NYC & Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan

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Today on the media- bistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven were joined by Gawker‘s Hamilton Nolan, who came on to talk about the day’s media headlines.

First on the docket, yesterday’s Village Voice article about the optimism of just-graduated journalism students. “I think the best quote in that Village Voice story was the girl who had just graduated from j-school and she was like, ‘We’re optimistic, and maybe a little crazy,’” Hamilton said. “That pretty much sums up the qualities you have to have to go to j-school today.”

Hamilton also talked about his employer, Gawker, where many j-school grads probably hope to work in the future. “Gawker is probably one of the companies that employs more full-time bloggers than just about anybody,” he said. “But there is no reason why there can’t be more and more companies like that. Huffington Post is obviously big enough to do something like that, except that’s not really their business model.”

Also discussed: the New Hampshire newspaper editor who was accused of running a prostitution ring, the approaching deadline of Google’s settlement with authors and the backlash of “Julie & Julia.”

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

‘True’ Confession: We Talk to Ad Sales All The Time

a1a11111111.jpgWe really don’t do this often — oh, screw it: I’m not even using that blog convention of the royal ‘we’ for this one. It’s me, managing editor Rebecca Fox, speaking on behalf of my mediabistro.com editorial colleagues in a rare fit of first-person. I’m here to tell you something I hope, for the sake of the larger media world, will stop sounding shocking someday soon…

We here in mb editorial talk to our advertising team All.The.Time. We trust them, we rely upon them, we like them. Do they dictate what we do and don’t cover? No way. Do we stay abreast of what they’re working on, as it pertains to the content we work so hard to produce, day in and day out? Abso-freakin’-lutely. And that relationship makes what each of our teams is trying to accomplish run better.

They tell us about novel campaigns and initiatives they’re working on, we apprise them of new and interesting things we’re doing, and in doing so, we roundly reject the notion of ‘never the twain shall meet’ that we’re seeing so much of this week, courtesy of the still-sputtering controversy over Gawker Media’s partnership with HBO that begat ‘BloodCopy,’ the recent Gawker blog acquisition that wasn’t. Best of all, mb salespeople come to us of their own accord to ensure nothing they’re planning or have executed, sponsorship- or sales-wise, scans as even remotely questionable or corrosive to the journalistic credibility that is central to what we do.

We believe that being in constant communication with those charged with selling our content makes our business better. Not just from a sales standpoint, but more importantly: it shores up the integrity we know we can continue to proudly associate with our content. Simply put: We know they’re not messing with what we do in a way that makes us feel icky. Furthermore, we think edit folk who say they don’t interact with their sales teams are either full of it, or not doing the smartest thing with their business in this new (as in ‘novel,’ not necessarily ‘online’ — though the two obviously converge) media world in which we all now reside.

Old-line church-and-state boundaries between advertising and editorial are undergoing a transformation. Here’s why that’s not such a bad thing what’s best for the media business…

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