Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Denton: Gawker's redesign more bruising than it needed to be — “When the redesign first launched, a some key features simply did not work - which is no way to introduce readers to something new,” writes Gawker Media boss Nick Denton. After the jump, he describes the fixes made in response to reader complaints.
Discussion: paidContent, Gawker, The Wrap and @nicksumm
Nick Denton / Gawker: Gawker 2.0.1 — I should first explain the radio silence of the last couple of weeks.
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap: A few weeks ago, Gawker Media rolled out a much-anticipated site …
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Revealing the Man Behind @MayorEmanuel — It was the best fake Twitter account ever, deftly satirizing Rahm Emanuel, and elevating the Tweet and the f-word to the level of literature. But the mystery writer was never revealed - until now. — There were many storylines in Rahm Emanuel's romp …
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Punk Planet zine founder behind @MayorEmanuel
Jim Newell / Gawker: Rahm Emanuel's Famous Twitter Impersonator Revealed
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab: Punk's not dead, it's just tweeting: Dan Sinker, @MayorEmanuel, and the punk power of basic tools
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire: Chicago Professor Emerges as ‘The Fake Rahm’
Jen Sabella / The Huffington Post: Meet @MayorEmanuel
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC: The Atlantic Reveals the Elusive @MayorEmanuel
Justin Spees / Salon: The real, fake @MayorEmanuel creator revealed
Joe Coscarelli / Runnin' Scared: Dan Sinker, Founder of Punk Planet, Was @MayorEmanuel Twitter; Andrew Sullivan Leaving The Atlantic For Tina Brown
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo: Brushes with Greatness
Julie Gerstein / New York Magazine: Revealed! The Guy Who Made a Fake Rahm Emanuel Twitter
Shiu Mai Baby / MetaFilter: It's only words, unless they're motherf**king true.
Salon.com Merger Talks Collapse — Updated — Merger talks between Salon.com, a pioneer in online news and opinion, and Newser.com, a news aggregation Web site founded by a journalist, Michael Wolff, have collapsed, according to people involved in the discussions.
Discussion: The Daily Beast, MediaMemo, TeleRead, Poynter, Mediaite, Crikey, On Media's Blog, @michaelwolffnyc, @scottros and New York Magazine
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast: Salon's New Market Strategy
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo: No Shotgun Wedding for Salon, Newser
Chris Meadows / TeleRead: Salon Magazine sale falls through
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Salon, Newser sale talks collapse over price
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite: Report: Newser Won't Be Buying Salon.com After All
Michael Wolff / @michaelwolffnyc: Oh, grow up. RT @scottros: I love Salon but would rather have seen it liquidated than dismembered by Michael Wolff http://is.gd/sTZyAQ
Scott Rosenberg / @scottros: I love Salon but would rather have seen it liquidated than dismembered by Michael Wolff http://is.gd/sTZyAQ Glad to see this bullet dodged.
Adam Pasick / New York Magazine: Newser.com Talks to Buy Salon.com Are Scuttled
Benny Evangelista / San Francisco Chronicle:
Bloomberg TV goes live from West Coast Feb. 28 — The expanding San Francisco office of Bloomberg LP launches a new hourlong television show today aimed at beaming technology news with a Silicon Valley point of view to the rest of the world. — “Bloomberg West” will air weekdays at 3 p.m …
Discussion: BusinessJournalism.org … and San Francisco Peninsula …
Robin J Phillips / BusinessJournalism.org …: Bloomberg launches West Coast show from San Francisco
San Francisco Peninsula / San Francisco Peninsula …: Bloomberg launches national show from SF
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
“Like,” “share,” and “recommend”: How the warring verbs of social media will influence the news' future — It appears that Facebook has settled on a central metaphor for the behavior of its 600 million users. — See an interesting article? Want your friends to see it too?
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Rebooting The News
Prescott Shibles / eMedia Vitals: How the warring verbs of social media will influence the news' future
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Ad Industry Group Picks Bigger Online Ads in Hopes of Attracting TV Dollars to Web — Winning New Ad Formats From AOL, YouTube, Unicast and Microsoft — Get ready for bigger online ads — everywhere. — In an effort to lure more lucrative brand advertising dollars to the web …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and iMediaConnection Blog
Prescott Shibles / eMedia Vitals: Bigger online ads look to attract TV dollars to Web
Jodi Harris / iMediaConnection Blog: New display ad units achieve rising stardom
John Hendel / The Atlantic Online:
Kachingle and the Limits of Tip-Jar Journalism — A two-year-old start-up has the best of intentions, but faces many obstacles and continues to struggle for acceptance — As the New York Times prepares to throw up its new subscription-based paywall in coming weeks, the news giant …
Discussion: Poynter and eMedia Vitals, Thanks:jaredbkeller
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Kachingle struggles for acceptance two years after launch
Ron Mwangaguhunga / eMedia Vitals: A renaissance of pricing model initiatives
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Rachel Maddow Seizes Her Moment at Post-Keith Olbermann MSNBC — Keith Olbermann's sudden departure from MSNBC has created the biggest challenge of Rachel Maddow's broadcasting career—becoming the face of a cable network at an uncomfortable crossroads. — The woman at the whiteboard …
Discussion: TVNewser, Inside Cable News, Mediaite and On Media's Blog
Chris Ariens / TVNewser: Rachel Maddow in a post-Keith Olbermann world
Matt Schneider / Mediaite: Rachel Maddow: Fox News Is A “McCarthyite Chamber Of Horrors”
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: Your words, your real name — If people posting comments on websites had to use their true identity, they might be more civil. — Remember when you threw that raging party in high school? Being at the center of the action felt so good — until a couple of guests parked on your lawn.
Darrell Issa probes staff; spokesman Kurt Bardella at center of controversy — Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the powerful Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has launched an inquiry into whether spokesman Kurt Bardella improperly shared e-mails from other reporters …
Discussion: FishbowlDC and On Media's Blog, Thanks:gnagesh
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog: Issa investigating whether Bardella shared emails
Robinsloan / Twitter Media:
Your view from the #Oscars stage — The 83rd Annual Academy Awards captured the country's attention on Sunday night, but ABC's cameras didn't provide the only view. This year's show was a new kind of 360-degree event, with: — a camera-snapping, live-tweeting host; — an official hashtag on air; and
Discussion: TweetReach Blog, paidContent, USA Today, Carpetbagger and Lost Remote, more at Techmeme »
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent: Oscar.com Should Have Won Best Supporting Actor
Ann Oldenburg / USA Today: Anne Hathaway: Oscar ride was ‘pure joy’
Melena Ryzik / Carpetbagger: A Mixed Bag of a Cultural Mash-Up
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote: Best (and worst) social media moments of the Oscars
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Oprah's New Channel Struggles to Pull in the Viewers — Oprah Winfrey is finding out just how hard it is to build an out-of-the-way channel into a television destination. — OWN, her two-month-old channel, is attracting fewer viewers than the obscure channel it replaced, Discovery Health.
Discussion: Poynter, Fortune, TV Tattle, The Wire and Chickaboomer
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Oprah's OWN attracts fewer viewers than the channel it replaced
Patricia Sellers / Fortune: Can Oprah lift OWN's low ratings?
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Investors Are Drawn Anew to Digital Music — Since it emerged in the 1990s, digital music has been hugely popular with fans, but for online music companies and their investors it has almost never been profitable. — And yet the money has again started pouring in.
Matt Rosoff / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider: Crazy Investors Are Pouring Money Into Digital Music Again
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The cost of ProPublica's latest Kindle Single? $0.00 — I wrote a couple weeks ago about ProPublica's experiment with the Kindle Single format of story distribution. The sales of “Pakistan and the Mumbai Attacks: The Untold Story” seemed to offer some decent, if early …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Steffen Konrath / Future of Journalism: Kindle Single: a 13,000-word piece sold 3,500 times at $0.99
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Yahoo's Anna Robertson: Streaming Videos on Facebook is a “Huge Opportunity for Us” — Facebook pages are becoming increasingly video rich and an increasing number of small and large video publishers are streaming more of their videos “in-line,” meaning having their player on Facebook pages, not just providing links.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's (and Associated Content Founder) Luke Beatty Talks About Google's Content Farm Putsch — Yahoo's Luke Beatty said he is not worried. — “We welcome the change,” he insisted about Google taking aim last Friday at so-called “content farms,” producers of low-quality content that spam up the Web and the search giant's results.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, Guardian and SAI
Prescott Shibles / eMedia Vitals: Associated Content founder talks about Google's content farm tweaks
Josh Halliday / Guardian: The Technology Newsbucket: Yahoo not worried by Google ‘content farm’ attack, operators' tablet allergy, and more
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / SAI: Associated Content: Google Didn't Kill Us, We Don't Think
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
At Comcast, No Fear of Web Video — Comcast Corp.'s chokehold on its subscribers' video consumption is slipping away as new video providers muscle in on the business. — But Brian Roberts, Comcast's 51-year-old chief executive, says he's still optimistic about the future …
Discussion: GigaOM, Engadget, VideoNuze, Company Town and Fortune, more at Techmeme »
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM: Comcast Won't Go Streaming-Only, But Dish Might
Richard Lawler / Engadget: Comcast CEO talks about the merger, ‘cool new devices’ like the iPad and why he doesn't fear Netflix
Will Richmond / VideoNuze: Comcast's Roberts: “What used to be called ‘reruns’ on television is now called Netflix.”
Joe Flint / Company Town: The Morning Fix: 'King's Speech' makes lots of speeches at Oscars! Charlie Sheen won't shut up.
Shelley DuBois / Fortune: Today in the Fortune 500: JPMorgan in talks with Twitter, Google changes search rankings …
The Atlantic Online:
James L. Brooks on Journalism, the Oscars, and ‘Broadcast News’ — The writer, director, and producer reflects on the film that brought him to the Academy Awards more than two decades ago — This is Academy Awards weekend in Hollywood, and James L. Brooks is a man who knows about Oscars.
Discussion: The Awl
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: Thumbplay Gives Up On Music Subscriptions, And Clear Channel Steps In — After less than a year in the music subscription business, Thumbplay is giving up: The company is selling off the struggling service to Clear Channel Radio. — Thumbplay will hang on to its once-booming ringtone business …
Discussion: paidContent, more at Techmeme »
Oliver Luft / Press Gazette:
FT Group operating profit rises 54 per cent — The FT Group, publisher of the Financial Times, recorded a 12 per cent year-on-year revenue increase last year, according to its parent company. — Pearson said this morning that FT Group drew £403m in revenue in 2010 …
Discussion: Media News, Journalism.co.uk, Guardian, Press Gazette and Editors Weblog
European Journalism Centre / Media News: FT.com users up 79 percent to more than 3 million
Joel Gunter / Journalism.co.uk: FT.com users up 79% to more than 3m
Mark Sweney / Guardian: Pearson on collision course with Apple
Federica Cherubini / Editors Weblog: Good news and a warning from the Financial Times
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch Europe:
Can Citizen Journalism work in the UK? Blottr thinks it has the formula — Arguably, in the age of Facebook and, to a greater degree, Twitter, the early excitement around so-called Citizen Journalism has been surpassed by social media. But that isn't stopping London-based Blottr …
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk, Thanks:sohear
Sarah Marshall / Journalism.co.uk: TechCrunch: Can citizen journalism work in the UK? Blottr thinks it has the formula
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Charie Sheen: NBC interview ‘pure gold,’ ABC interview ‘slanted’ — Celebrity gossip site TMZ set up a live-streaming interview with Charlie Sheen Monday afternoon following his widely talked about interviews earlier that morning on the “Today Show” and “Good Morning America.”
Discussion: TMZ.com, New York Times, doublex.com, The Wire, The Wrap, @jeffjarvis, @fromedome, Hollywood Reporter, @brianstelter and Brow Beat
Brian Stelter / New York Times: Sheen Talks Rehab, Money and Instant Coffee
Jessica Grose / doublex.com: Charlie Sheen Is High on Hubris, If Nothing Else
Megan Angelo / The Wire: WATCH: Here Is Charlie Sheen's EPIC TMZ Livestream Interview
Jeff Jarvis / @jeffjarvis: One of the first ethical lessons I learned in journalism was not to exploit crazy people.
Dan Frommer / @fromedome: Charlie Sheen is pulling a Joaquin Phoenix. This is some dumb mockumentary being filmed for free by the American media.
Lindsay Powers / Hollywood Reporter: Twitter Explodes Over Charlie Sheen's Bizarre Interviews
Brian Stelter / @brianstelter: Charlie Sheen's publicist, Stan Rosenfield, has resigned. “Stan resigned minutes after the TMZ Live interview,” TMZ says.
Nina Shen Rastogi / Brow Beat: Notable Quotables from Charlie Sheen and His Saber
Alex Weprin / @alexweprin:
A quick thought on Charlie Sheen's TMZ intvw: This is the best TV I have seen in a long, long time. And it isn't on TV.
A quick thought on Charlie Sheen's TMZ intvw: This is the best TV I have seen in a long, long time. And it isn't on TV.
Discussion: New York Post, ABCNEWS, Hollywood Rag and @jbflint