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Gawker Vet Thomas Heads Up KNTV Digital - Broadcasting & Cable
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 5/14/2009 12:15:26 PM MT Owen Thomas, formerly of Gawker Media's Valleywag tech Website, has been named editorial director for NBC Bay Area's digital efforts. He begins May 26 and reports to NBC Local...
Susan Orlean, Defender of the New Yorker Universe, In Her Own Words - Gawker
Soooooo, from the hallowed halls of the New Yorker to the fecal-crusted basement of WTAN on Gawker: we present, Susan Orlean. Why, oh why did I find myself mixed up in the Dan Baum brouhaha (by the way, was the word "brouhaha" ever more appropriately...
Amazon sells blogs on Kindle -
The popular Gawker blog, for example, costs about $2 a month. The New York Times itself costs about $15 and USA Today is about $12. Though at first only major blogs were available, Seattle-based Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) this week made it possible for...
Twitter's Real-Time Uselessness Proven by (Mistaken) Gay Marriage ... - Gawker
Gawker alum Ana Marie Cox was hearing the news in her Air America Radio studio (and realizing it was false). The New Yorker's Tad Friend was celebrating the news. People were literally writing that they were crying at their desks at the news that gay...
A Valleywag Out. Owen Thomas Leaving Gawker. - Washington Post
Owen Thomas, who has run the Silicon Valley gossip rag Valleywag for the past couple years, is leaving Gawker, the site's parent company, we've learned. This move is a bad blow for the site which significantly cut its workforce a few months ago as it...
Valleywag: An Instruction Manual - Gawker
I still remember the day I called you up and tried to recruit you to Valleywag — only to learn that that sneaky rapscallion Nick Denton had beaten me to the punch by one whole day in offering you the night shift at Gawker. It all worked out in the end...
Craigslist shuts its 'Internet brothel.' Will it matter? - Christian Science Monitor
As Gawker and others have noted, of course, this is a tricky proposition – even a large team of specially-trained spotters will have a tough time keeping up with the questionable material which will undoubtedly flood the site....
Keith Olbermann loves him some Ben Affleck - Boston Globe
Gawker's got the rundown, including the denial from Olbermann's peeps. Caption: Ben Affleck as Keith Olbermann on "Saturday Night Live." You must be logged in to submit a comment. This blogger might want to review your comment before posting it....
Keith Olbermann vs. Carrie Prejean - The Week Magazine
Olbermann so thoroughly demolished Prejean with his rant, said Gawker (includes a video clip of Olbermann's segment on Prejean), that it was hard not to feel a "twinge of sympathy" for her, even among those who disagree with her opposition to gay...
Just An Online Minute... ANDY Speaks Softly, Carries A Big Stick - MediaPost Publications
Oh hey and as an aside, I was speaking to attendee Luke Luckett (from the IAB) and he said they've got a little partnership going with Gawker - which means they'll be having some member events on the Gawker roof deck. Perfect for those of you weirdos...

Gawker Media

Gawker Media is an online media company founded and owned by Nick Denton based in New York City. It is considered to be one of the most visible and successful blog-oriented media companies. As of January 2009, it is the parent company for 10 different weblogs, including, Defamer, Deadspin, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, io9, Kotaku, Jalopnik, and Jezebel.

While Denton does not go into detail over Gawker Media's finances, he has downplayed the profit potential of blogs, declaring that "logs are likely to be better for readers than for capitalists. While I love the medium, I've always been skeptical about the value of blogs as businesses," on his personal site. However, in the February 20, 2006 issue of New York Magazine, Jossip founder David Hauslaib estimated's annual advertising revenue to be at least $1 million two years ago, and possibly over $2 million a year. Combined with low operating costs — mostly web hosting fees and writer salaries — Denton is believed to be turning a healthy profit.

In a fall 2008 memo Denton announced the layoff of "19 of our 133 editorial positions" at Valleywag, Consumerist, Fleshbot and other sites, and the hiring of 10 new employees for the most commercially successful sites, - Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker and Gawker - and others which were deemed to promise similar commercial success (Jezebel, io9, Deadspin and Jalopnik). Denton also announced the suspension of a bonus payment scheme based on pageviews by which Gawker had paid $50,000 a month on the average to its staff, citing a need to generate actual advertising revenue as opposed to just increasing traffic. He explained these decisions by referring to the 2008 credit crisis, but stated that the company was still profitable. In September 2008, Gawker reported 274 million pageviews.

On November 12, 2008, Gawker announced that Valleywag would fold into The Consumerist was sold to Consumer Union, who took over the site on January 1, 2009.

On February 22, 2009, Gawker announced that Defamer would fold into

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Jalopnik is a Weblog owned by Gawker Media, covering cars, car culture, and the automotive industry.

The blog began publishing in 2004 , and is known for its mix of automotive news with an "irreverent" style and tone.

As a member of the network, its sister blogs include the widely-read Lifehacker, Gawker, and Valleywag.

The site gained prominence relatively quickly upon its founding. Its contributors have been included in media events and press conferences hosted by the major automotive manufacturers (which, prior to the rise of the blogosphere in the 2000s, were limited to traditional media outlets.) Cable television has provided additional endorsement, with one of the site's editors, Ray Wert, making numerous appearances on live news programs including CNBC's On the Money . The site was referred to by Rolling Stone as a "car-geek blog" in their 2007-11-01 issue.

The site's Editor-in-Chief is Ray Wert (aka Doctor Finklestein). Other writers for the site include Senior Editor Andrew Stoy, Road Test Editor Wes Siler, and Associate Editors Matt Hardigree and Ben Wojdyla. Mike Spinelli, who founded Jalopnik and served as the site's Senior Editor, no longer contributes regularly but remains with Jalopnik as Editor-at-Large. In addition to the full-time editors, writers "Murilee Martin" (a nom de plume), Mark Arnold, and John Krewson contribute to Jalopnik regularly.

Jalopnik's news items are often intermingled with humorous stories highlighting car culture, humorous criminal incidents (in a manner similar to author Chuck Shepard's widely-read News of the Weird), strange cars offered for sale on eBay, and so on.

Indeed, many of the news on Jalopnik includes humorous phrasing and sarcasm within the items themselves. Readers often respond with humorous comments of their own.

A particular hallmark of Jalopnik's humorous writing style is the use of the callback, or inside joke. Some of the humorous references may well be unfamiliar to the first-time or casual reader, and these repeating themes often constitute memes.

Jalopnik includes several regular features that deal with a specific part of car culture, most of them humorous.

Down On The Street (abbreviated DOTS) - Editor Murilee Martin takes photos of an interesting, usually old car in his hometown of Alameda, California, and includes a short commentary to go with it. The only specific criteria that a car must meet to qualify for DOTS is that it must be parked on the street (cars parked in garages or driveways do not count as they are on private property), hence the name of the article. More recently this feature has included Bonus Editions which feature reader-submitted photos and commentaries of old cars in their hometowns or abroad.

Project Car Hell - In this item two equally time and money consuming restoration projects are picked from the typical second hand websites like craigslist and eBay. Readers are then asked to vote on which car is more "Hellish" to restore; i.e., how bad of a condition it is in when initially acquired, rarity and cost of parts, complexity of mechanicals, and how ultimately desirable the car would be in the chance that it would be completely restored. Although this often involves one car pitted against another, every now and then offers will include three or more cars. Additional humor is derived from the optimistic tone of voice most sellers will use when they try to sell their car(s); "runs reasonably well (no 2nd and 3rd gear)", or "This car is anyones dream project!".

Jalopnik Fantasy Garage - Jalopnik keeps a running list of desirable vehicles (usually historically significant, sometimes just very fast, beautiful, or capable). For a car to get into this list, it has to be proposed by a Jalopnik writer and voted in by readers, usually in a simple Yes/No poll (accompanied by an article introducing the car and explaining its significance) or by having readers choose from a batch of similar cars. If a car in the list is thought to have become unpopular, readers are given a chance to vote it out in a Trimming the Fat feature.

Classic Ad Watch - Murilee Martin covers in this series old television advertisements for cars from around the world, mostly focusing on somewhat off-kilter ads (Japanese ads are most famous for this). Most of the ads feature odd voiceovers, heavy usage of stunt-driving or unintentionally hilarious jingles. Ironically optimistic ads for models or marques which later failed are also popular choices.

Jalopnik Reviews - Jalopnik regularly reviews new cars. Reviews are done typically by Wes Siler. They are typically done in 3 parts: part one features a general description of the car and various humorous references or stereotypes about that car; part two normally features an evaluation of the car, with ratings given in various categories such as handling and interior design; part three is a closer and has humorous reasons why anyone would buy or would not buy that particular car. Part three also lists certain "Suitability Parameters," to decide which type of person that car is right for. Categories include Euro Snobs, Speed Merchants and NASCAR Dads.

Official Car Pundit Drinking Game - A drinking game played during Editor Ray Wert's appearances on On the Money. Commenters post drink rules corresponding to the automotive issues that are to be discussed.

Nice Price or Crack Pipe - The readers are asked to vote "Nice Price" or "Crack Pipe" when presented with a price for a particular vehicle for sale.

Commenter of the Day - The Jalopnik commenters (or the "commentariat") are honored for their wittiness or insight with the COTD (Commenter of the Day) award. A short story precedes the COTD in order to better explain the nature of the comment. The other commenters are then free to discuss the comment and congratulate the winner; a congratulatory reward usually includes a tasteful depiction of Megan Fox and a bottle of Jalopnik® brand Breakfast Scotch .

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Jezebel (website)

Jezebel is a blog aimed at women's interests, under the tagline "Celebrity, Sex, Fashion. Without Airbrushing." It is one of several blogs owned by Gawker Media.

At Jezebel's launch, the editorial staff included Holmes, who previously worked at Star and InStyle; assistant editor Moe Tkacik, a former Wall Street Journal reporter; and associate editor Jennifer Gerson, a former assistant to Elle editor-in-chief Roberta Myers. Gerson left the site in May 2008 to become the Women's Editor for the Polo Ralph Lauren website; Tkacik departed in August 2008 to work at, after briefly accepting and then rescinding a job offer from Radar. Tkacik was subsequently laid off in a company-wide restructuring the following October. Current Jezebel editors include Dodai Stewart, Tracie Egan, and Megan Carpentier.

On its first day of operation, Jezebel offered a $10,000 reward for the best example of a magazine cover photo prior to being retouched for publication. The site received between five and 10 submissions. The winning entry, announced in July 2007, was a photo of Faith Hill that was used on the July cover of Redbook. Jezebel pointed out 11 different ways the photo had been drastically altered, including radically distorting Hill's left arm. Redbook editor-in-chief Stacy Morrison said that their retouching of Hill's photo was in line with industry standards, and that Redbook was investigating how the unretouched image had been released. Media coverage of the controversy included discussion and interviews on NBC's Today show and in several publications.

In December 2007, Jezebel reached 10 million monthly views. Gawker owner Nick Denton pointed to Jezebel's soaring popularity as one reason for a drop-off in traffic at the company's main site,, which fell from more than 11 million page views in October 2007 to about eight million in December.

A July 2008 article in the Ottawa Citizen included Jezebel as one of several sites launched as part of the "online estrogen revolution," referring to a comScore finding that community-based women's websites were tied with political sites as the Internet's fastest-growing category. The article also cited Ad Age's research showing that women's Internet use is outpacing men's.

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The Consumerist

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The Consumerist is a consumer affairs blog run by Co-Executive Editors Ben Popken and Meghann Marco, The Consumerist also employs Senior Editor Chris Walters, Weekend Editor Carey Greenberg-Berger, Associate Editor Alex Chasick, and a Comments Moderator named Roz.

The Consumerist was part of the Gawker Media family of blogs until January 2009. As its name implies, the focus is on consumerism, and it deals with consumers' experiences and issues with companies and corporations. The blog focuses mostly on the U.S., but accepts input from other countries as well. Some of the stories are generated by the editors, but most are reader-submitted tips and complaints. Stories initially reported on The Consumerist have been featured in national media such as CNN and The New York Times. Consumerist often posts phone numbers and contact information for CEOs and upper level corporate customer support, and provides information on how to execute an "Executive Email Carpet Bomb".

Gawker Media put the blog up for sale in November 2008, at the same time that it announced the closure of one of its other blogs, Valleywag. On December 30, 2008, the New York Times reported that The Consumerist had been purchased by Consumers Union, owner and publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. The blog was formerly dependent on advertising revenue, which was scarce due to often business critical nature of its content and comments.

The Consumerist runs an annual "Worst Company In America" contest with the winner determined by a reader poll.

In 2007, the winner was the RIAA and the runner-up was Halliburton. Other notable contestants were Wal-Mart, Exxon and Sony.

In 2008, the winner was Countrywide Financial, defeating Comcast. Also in the final four were Diebold and Wal-Mart.

Usually the first post of every weekday consists of a number of online deals or offers, usually on electronic devices. Companies featured include,, and the Apple Online Store.

A popular past feature was known as 'Great Moments In Commercial History,' with a focus on strange and entertaining local commercials. Past features have included Chicago's Moo and Oink stores, and Eugene, Oregon's Mr. Appliance.

Photos or stories of retail stores advertising Christmas sales, putting up Christmas decorations, or playing Christmas music far before the traditional holiday season. It often appears between September and early November.

On June 13, 2006, Vincent Ferrari posted an audio file of himself speaking with an AOL representative named "John" and trying to cancel his father's AOL account. The AOL representative had resisted Ferrari's request by attempting to keep the discussion focused on Ferrari's reasons for wanting to cancel. After many attempts to get John to cancel his account, the conversation becomes confrontational to the point Ferrari said "CANCEL THE ACCOUNT" repeatedly until John complied with his request. After the recording of this call, Ferrari both posted it to his blog and submitted it to The Consumerist tip line.

The "grocery shrink ray" is a term coined by Meghann Marco for the trend for groceries to be reduced in size while being sold at the same price point. Manufacturers perform these reductions to reduce their own costs, but do not pass any savings on to the customer. Installments of these articles usually included user submitted photographs of the product in question on the shelf, being sold along with a newer and slightly smaller version of the same product. Local and national media outlets such as WTVT-TV FOX 13 in Florida, and National Public Radio have interviewed Popken regarding the trend and his attempts to inform the public at large.

On February, 15 2009, The Consumerist broke the news of a Terms of Service clause that gave Facebook the right to "Do anything they want with your content. Forever." Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, Inc. later claimed that a paragraph was accidentally left out saying that the license to your content was exclusive to one's privacy settings and that the license expired when an account was closed. This event began much media coverage over the controversy of the Terms of Service.

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Fleshbot front page

Fleshbot is a sex-oriented weblog, published by Gawker Media. It was launched in November 2003 as the third online title from Gawker. The range of subject matter includes everything from amateur sex blogs and thumbnail gallery posts to news about sex in popular culture and advertising. The blog covers both heterosexual and homosexual erotica.

Fleshbot is edited by Lux Alptraum (formerly Lux Nightmare).

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