Longreads-approved website The Awl—run by Radar, Observer, and Gawker expats Alex Balk and Choire Sicha—is coming up on its third anniversary! Since they’ve launched, they’ve spun off three blogs from the mothership, general ladies’-interest site The Hairpin, comedy blog Splitsider, and most recently, gadget blog The Wirecutter.
And as of today, they’ve now launched a…Tumblr…radio station…of music videos, AwlMusic.TV. DJ’d by them, and run by Eric Spiegelman, he of Old Jews Telling Jokes.
Maybe it’s just best to let them explain.
Pixels to Print
Last week we wrote about the art of turning faddish blogs into book deals that pay money. Over at The Awl, Jon Methven offers an illustrated explanation of the process, including visual diagrams of “Publishing Needs Based On Urban Outfitters Sales Racks” and “Identifying a Culturally Relevant Book Idea: Roadkill Yoga‘s Path to Read More
Occupy Wall Street
Edward T. Hall III, better known as “Ted” to his friends, has become one of loudest voices on Occupy Wall Street. The lanky redhead with the neon-splotched hat looks vaguely like a Scream-era Matthew Lillard, making him easy to identify in YouTube videos of protests, where he can frequently be found preaching to the crowd in almost every single instance of arrests during the occupation of Zuccotti Park.
Before becoming a member of OWS, Mr. Hall made a minor splash in the tabloids, when he jumped a JFK luggage carousal in an attempt to get around airport security without I.D. and talk to a girl.
So why is The New York Times making him the poster boy for the protest?
During his first company-wide meeting two weeks ago, Nick Denton declared that Gawker Media is a technology company, not an editorial one, according to a report published on The Awl. The recasting of the Gawker blog network left at least one current editor scratching his head, but it was clearly a smart strategic message for Mr. Denton to broadcast.
The resurgence of New York media over the past two years has been led by companies whose primary business does not involve words. E-commerce colossus Gilt Groupe and technology and data giants Bloomberg and Reuters lured top legacy media talent to their doors with pre-recession salaries and the sense of relief offered by a company for whom making payroll is not a routine emergency.
Back to School
Tavi Gevinson’s online magazine for teens, Rookie, launched today. Although it publishes daily, Rookie will have monthly themes to create the cohesiveness of a magazine issue, according to managing editor Emily Condon. This month is “beginnings,” appropriately. Rookie may still publish print volumes–a Rookie yearbook, say–but there are no immediate plans, she added.
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What makes a Molly?
Three well-known Internet writers–Molly Young, Molly Lambert, and Molly McAleer–share more than a name. The three have long attracted attention for their similar methods of self-promotion on the blogging platforms Tumblr and Twitter.
You don’t have to be named Molly to be a Molly, though it helps. Mollies Lambert, Young and McAleer got attention not merely for their Ringwaldian monikers but for their coyly insightful writing about pop culture, their minute observations, and the manner in which they promoted themselves via social media. They’re not the only Read More
Miles Klee, a copy editor at The Deal, has sold his first novel to OR Books. Mr. Klee is, perhaps, known best for his literary writing on The Awl; he joins the likes of Chris Lehmann in jumping from pixels on the site to paper-and-ink.
A forward-looking item over at The New York Times‘ DealBook today asks: Which companies could, possibly, follow The Huffington Post into the arms of some deep-pocketed acquirer?
The Times mentions a few potential candidates for hypothetical buyouts: Gawker Media, Glam Media and Business Insider.
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“I don’t really see a blog business,” said Nick Denton over gchat. He still wasn’t sold on the idea of an interview regarding his sites’ redesign, scheduled to debut tomorrow, and seemed to be attempting an escape. “I should find you that old post in which I compare blog ad revenues to McDonald’s franchises, i.e. Read More