“When someone comes into your house and throws shit around, you get pissed,” Anna Holmes told The Observer. She was speaking in metaphor: The house was the Gawker Media women’s interest blog Jezebel, of which she was the founding editor; the someone was the blog’s commenters, a famously undisciplined crowd.
“If you open your front door to people they just act like jerks,” agreed former Gizmodo editor Joel Johnson. Now the managing editor of Animal NY, he favors abolishing comments sections altogether.
Blog proprietor Nick Denton has a different plan—he’s giving them the run of the place. The commenters are creating content, after all, just like the writers. What’s the difference?
“I want to erase this toxic Internet class system,” he told The Observer in a gmail chat.
“Nick has always loved to subtly and not so subtly insult his employees,” said Gawker writer John Cook. “He thinks of us as glorified commenters.”
off the record
New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson spoke at SXSW in Austin, Tex. yesterday, further proof of her tolerance for meta-media spectacles previously hinted at by appearances at the World Economic Forum in Davos and the Iowa caucuses.
Ms. Abramson, well within her area of expertise, appeared in a conversation about “The Future of the New York Times” with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith.
Less than a year after her predecessor, Bill Keller, wondered aloud in the Times magazine if Twitter was making us stupid, Ms. Abramson said that the real question was whether or not to break news on Twitter without a story to link to. Some of her political reporters wanted to “issue an edict” against it, but she’s not ideological about it. She’d seen on the campaign trail that Twitter was a “revolution” for news gathering.
On Monday, the editors of Vanity Fair posted Mark Bowden’s May 2009 write-around on Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. on the Web. The story, which was Mr. Bowden’s first for the magazine, made quite an impression on the small—and ever-shrinking—community of media reporters and pundits who obsess about The New York Times, not to mention Read More
Dan Abrams wants in on the media blogging and aggregation business.
For the past several months, Mr. Abrams—the chief legal analyst for NBC News and head of the nascent media strategy firm Abrams Research—has been meeting with various New York-based media reporters, editors, and bloggers about the potential editorial venture.
To date, nobody has signed Read More
In November, U.S. News & World Report went from biweekly to monthly after it had already scaled itself back from a weekly publication in June.
Now, Portfolio‘s Mixed Media blogger Jeff Bercovici reports that the magazine is returning to a weekly schedule, albeit in a digital-only form. The new publication Read More
Michael Wolff invited fifty people from News Corp to his book party last night celebrating his biography of Rupert Murdoch, The Man Who Owns the News, at Milk Studios in West Chelsea, but none of them showed.
"None of them RSVP’d, none of them said yes or no," he said last night, while speaking Read More
Portfolio‘s Mixed Media blogger Jeff Bercovici is reporting that Money managing editor Eric Schurenberg has been laid off as the company’s cost-cutting jobs elimination plan begins.
Here’s what Time Inc. editor-in-chief John Huey had to say in a memo employees:
A fixture of Time Inc.’s business and investing Read More
"I basically started Radar because I didn’t want to work at any other magazine," said Maer Roshan, the editor of the recently folded magazine. "And after six years, all of it came down to this."
Mr. Roshan was surveying his party, the night before Halloween, which had become a kind of Night of the Living Read More
Jim Impoco has left the Times Magazine after seven months to become the executive editor for Men’s Journal, Jeff Bercovici reports. Read More
It looks like Al Gore won’t be buying Plenty after all.
Last week, Media Mob picked up an item from Portfolio‘s Mixed Media blogger Jeff Bercovici that suggested the former vice president was kicking the tires on the environmental lifestyle magazine.
In an update today, Mr. Bercovici corrects Read More