If Gawker is trying to get off [the CPM] treadmill, for crying out loud, then maybe there’s hope for us all.
People say it’s all about ‘engagement’ and ‘interaction,’ but that’s wrong… New visitors are a better indicator and predictor of future growth.
Nick Denton, The Atlantic, Learning to Love the (Shallow, Divisive, Unreliable) New Media
To follow the daily or hourly news cycle is the media equivalent of day-trading: it’s frenzied, pointless and usually unprofitable.
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.
Now it’s the first week of November, and Daulerio is telling me how he landed his most controversial scoop as we fly over a quilt of farmland on the way from New York to Indiana. In a few hours, he’s expected in Indianapolis to participate in a panel discussion titled “Where’s the Line? Sports Media in the Digital Age.” More than any other sports journalist in years, Daulerio has been redefining where that line is, and then crashing over it. His tactics—reporting rumors, paying for news, and making Deadspin’s money on stories that are really about sex, not sports—are questionable. His success is not. When he became editor of the site in July 2008, it had 700,000 readers per month. Today it has 2.3 million.
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?
I pretend not to care not to care about journalism, but I sort of do. It’s no longer enough just to throw out the rehashes.
When I first read Nick Denton’s apologetic for moving away from the blog format for his Gawker empire, I thought I’d misread the whole thing…
…Denton is a smart fellow, but I think he’s made a decision that will ultimately cost him, for in turning his whole online bloggy magazine consortium into one, giant traditional media display, he’s assumed the role of disrupted instead of disruptor…
Most of the reasons Denton cites [for his redesign] relate not to news but to what the company feels is editorially important to display to everybody. It assumes that people come to their site once a day and need immediate guidance as to what’s important or what should be seen or viewed, as if they need and want such guidance.
This is the same process traditional media has followed forever in crafting a finished product out of the stream that is news. The New York Times commented that this is the same thing the newspaper industry discovered over a century ago.