Gothamist editors took to Twitter to complain that The Daily News didn’t give them credit on a story that the website broke about a guy tattooing his sedated dog.
“Blogs are often accused of aggregating from mainstream outlets, but many mainstream outlets, including some of our local papers, have a habit of picking up stories broken on blogs without credit (or a link, if the story is online),” Gothamist publisher Jake Dobkin told the Observer. “Now, I understand that newspapers have a long history of rewrite desks which aggregate content from other outlets, add a fact or two, and republish mostly without credit, but at any good blog, that would be considered a form of plagiarism.”
Occupy Wall Street
Listicles count as news, don’t they?
We know that it’s slushy and snowy and rainy and holiday-y and we’re all hung over even though it’s only Tuesday. But I stayed up all night trying to see if I could draw a picture of a dog if I looked at enough photos of them on the Internet, and I still managed to get into the office today. So come on, people! Pick up the slack. Don’t make me regret buying all those additional illustrator tools on Paper at 4 a.m.!*
Occupy Wall Street 2.0 has saw some familiar faces in the mix during yesterday’s May Day protest, including “hipster cop” Detective Rick Lee. Yet the man who only months ago posed for “cool” magazine G.Q. and stood as a beacon of individualism in Ray Kelly’s otherwise not-so-beloved police force is now a Grumpy Old Man, reported Gothamist this afternoon. Apparently the springtime version of Hipster Cop hates music!
Occupy Wall Street
Someone named Erin is not having a good day: a portion of Wall Street’s subway station has been plastered with blown-up images of her Facebook page and her iPhone texts. According to Jen Carlson at Gothamist, the collage was allegedly made by her angry ex(?) husband Philip, but even they are doubting the validity of the art.
We are very serious here: The Occupy Wall Street movement’s biggest resource drain right now is trying to keep up the habitation of Zuccotti Park. Whatever message OWS may or may not have had has, in the past week or so, become a secondary concern to just keeping people alive, fed, warm, and un-raped. The media has also switched its attention to the more salacious stories about criminals and crazies slipping in amongst the protesters instead to what people were protesting to begin with.
So you know what wouldn’t help with this issue, now that the winter months are at our heels? Moving people to Central Park and building them igloos to live in, as has been suggested with this weekend’s upcoming Park march as well as the remarks of one entirely delusional person who spoke to Gothamist today.
The Urban Juror
Last week we told the story of Willow the Travel Cat, who managed to get all the way from Colorado to New York City five years after disappearing from her original family. Maybe she just wanted to see the world, or, as Mayor Bloomberg suggested, New York in particular. Whatever the case, she will Read More
Patrick Kirkland, an ad copywriter from the Upper West Side and juror in the rape cop trial, has written a tell-all for Gothamist.
The problem with juror tell-alls is that jurors are hand-picked to be exactly the kind of person who wouldn’t provide an interesting narrative of the case, but Mr. Kirkland Read More
“We divided it up into categories,” said the historian Kenneth T. Jackson on Tuesday night. “Dance, the Bronx, skyscrapers — we had maybe 40 or 50 different categories, and we found somebody who was an expert on each one.”
Mr. Jackson was talking about New York. Dividing it up into categories was how he went Read More
Cablevision’s Rainbow Media has purchased Gothamist for $5-6 million, reports paidContent.
So, what next for the blog network?
With Rainbow Media behind it, Gothamist might will likely have more reasons to scale back its expansion plans and focus more on cementing its dominance in the New York area, while supporting Newsday.