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Rex Sorgatz

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nov 30
2007

A New Gawker?

While guest-editing Gawker last week, it was pretty easy to tell that something was wrong: IM conversations were quirky, people reacted in strange ways to innocuous comments, and, well, Choire said so. And so, it's no surprise that Emily and Choire are leaving (sorta brilliantly buried in that post), but the job posting (which contains Gawker's first acknowledgment of the NY Mag article by linking it with an "existential crisis" -- errr) does strike a peculiar note: "It's no longer enough to take stories from the New York Times, and add a dash of snark. Gawker needs to break and develop more stories. And the new managing editor will need to hire and manage reporters, as well as bloggers. Gawker.com receives more than 10m pageviews per month. Think of Gawker less as a blog than as a full-blown news site." New York is weird.

8 comments

This is really interesting.

I kinda speaks to the idea of reblogging value and/or lack there of.

Remember when they instituted the policy of not including Digg buttons on stuff that wasn't theirs?

Also, maybe it has something to do with value as a media property vs. a blogging network?

Meaning old school 'media properties' mostly create their own content (magazine articles, news stories, etc.) vs. blogging networks which in a lot of cases point individuals to interesting things other people have written/created?

There's obvious value in both but I'd imagine much richer value in owning the original properties and being able to string that property across multiple revenue streams.

That Denton guy never ceases to surprise.

posted by Gavin at 5:25 PM on November 30, 2007

"Newspapers provide no long-term job security; this is the chance to make the leap over into online journalism."

Is online journalism really that much more secure than print?

posted by josh at 5:46 PM on November 30, 2007

the other thing that is wrong is that it has sucked since jessica left.

also, memo to choire and denton: wonkette has been almost unreadable for a year.

posted by adm at 8:12 PM on November 30, 2007

oh, i guess choire already knows. memo to denton, then. he's still there, right?

posted by adm at 8:13 PM on November 30, 2007

i'm guessing the existential crisis comment comes from its mention in the article.

BTW, is the n+1 article scanned anywhere? I'd like to read it but don't feel like driving around to find the article in Seattle.

posted by scott at 12:18 AM on December 1, 2007

Rex, nyc is not weird. You simply don't understand it. Two very different things. People rip off businesses and industries all the time here and call them something new. This has been happening since the Dutch ripped off the Native Americans when they purchased the island.

posted by Bl00mberg08 at 6:25 PM on December 1, 2007

Defamer and Wonkette both losing their grip in categories they owned in 2004 speaks to the shelf life of these things compared to more service-oriented bloogs.

posted by Dentonwatch at 10:38 PM on December 1, 2007

New York is definitely weird. I can't really understand the logic of this idea of a "New" Gawker. Reporting/breaking stories seems at odds with getting paid for your pageviews. Also: Didn't Choire and Emily kind of make it clear they were leaving precisely because that sort of thing isn't happening at Gawker right now?

posted by Scott at 3:56 PM on December 3, 2007




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