— Max Read, Editor, Gawker, in a memo to staff, via Poynter. Gawker bans ‘Internet slang’.
posts about or somewhat related to ‘Gawker’
Yesterday, Gawker published an article by their newest contributor, “The Fox Mole,” a long-time employee of the network.
In it, the mole outlines his or her long list of grievances and then gives a behind the scenes account (and video) of pre-interview chatter between Mitt Romney and Sean Hannity where they talk horseback riding, primping and Donald Trump.
Today, Fox confirms to Mediaite that they know who The Fox Mole is. In a terse statement they write, “We found the person and we’re exploring legal options at this time.”
A fascinating look at Gawker’s newsroom by Nieman Lab’s Andrew Phelps.
In particular, the results of an experiment in which each staff writer spends one day a week on “traffic-whoring duty” while the rest pursue in-depth articles.
Gawker editor AJ Daulerio explained the experiment back in January:
This week, the writers of this site have all agreed to participate in an obnoxious, but worthwhile exercise. Each day, a different staff writer will be forced to break their usual routine and offer up posts they feel would garner the most traffic. While that writer struggles to find dancing cat videos and Burger King bathroom fights or any other post they feel will add those precious, precious new eyeballs, the rest of the staff will spend time on more substantive stories they may have neglected due to the rigors of scouring the internet each day to hit some imaginary quota. The writers not relegated to traffic-whoring duty will still post, just less frequently than many of them are probably used to.
Andrew Phelps, Nieman Lab. I can’t stop reading this analysis of Gawker’s editorial strategy.
— Ryan Chittum, CJR
Nick Denton, The Atlantic, Learning to Love the (Shallow, Divisive, Unreliable) New Media
— Nick Denton, Atlantic Wire, What I Read.
Quite recently, the New York Times, Washington Post, and LA Times were three of America’s best newspapers. Now, they’re each facing potentially era-ending challenges. Is there any hope for the Great American Newspaper? Sure—for the lucky ones…
Access to the best and most timely information, in the form of the best newspapers, is a significant advantage in an information economy. Twenty years from now, we’ll look back on the era of universal free online access to newspaper content as a historical aberration, and a dumb one at that.
Information isn’t free. It’s expensive. Especially if you can’t afford it.
Gawker Media grew to maturity by exposing the foibles of legacy media employees and their top brass. With one or more of the leading national papers fearing for their very existence, Gawker properties continue to show impressive growth, and their bevvy of writers no longer need malign media bigwigs in order to satisfy an increasingly broad audience. My, how the tables have turned.
— Gabriel Sherman, GQ, The Worldwide Leader in Dong Shots
Date: December 11, 2010 7:35:09 PM EST
It has come to our attention that you are reporting about gawker.com being hacked by Anonymous and Operation payback in the war against the wikileaks drama that is currently taking place.
While we feel for Wikileaks plight, and encourage everyone to donate and mirror the site, we are not related to Operation Payback or engaged in their activities.
We have compromised all their email accounts and databases, and a significant portion of the passwords have been unhashed into plaintext.
To prove the validity of our claims, here is a sample of the database;
And a note to gawker if you feel the need to post this:
You said you were not afraid of 4chan and being hacked. Well 4chan couldn’t handle you, so we came in.
Where is your god now?
— Email received by Future Journalism Project Producer Michael Cervieri in response to an article posted by one of his students at TubesCodeContent.com, his teaching site at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.