Is Gawker the new yellow journalism?

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  1. Anonymous July 2, 2010

    I don’t think of Gawker as “news.” I see it as a gossip site about media. really just for shits and giggles.

  2. Anna Tarkov July 2, 2010

    You must be a savvy media consumer though. I can’t tell you how many people DO think of it as news. Also, you asked on Twitter how often they change editors. Which editors do you mean?

  3. Anonymous July 2, 2010

    Sorry, I meant Editor in Chief. Haven’t they gone through at least 5 in the past 8-10 years? Is that normal?

  4. Anonymous July 2, 2010

    There’s just so much snark, the site is more opinion than news. The writing styles lead me to believe that they’re aiming to entertain rather than inform. Don’t get me wrong, I read Gawker posts every day. I just go to more traditional sites for my news.

  5. Anna Tarkov July 2, 2010

    Ummm… if Nick Denton is Editor-in-Chief than he has steadily been there. If you mean someone else, I’m not sure.

  6. Anonymous July 2, 2010

    Nope. It’s now Remy Stern. There’ve been two others, right? Choire Sicha, wasn’t he one of them? I forget the other.

  7. Anna Tarkov July 2, 2010

    Well yeah, it’s more opinion than news, but people take those opinions seriously in some cases. Absolutely, they’re seeking to entertain. And there’s an audience for it. Same story with Mediaite.com. But I try not to read Gawker at all ever since this: http://annatarkov.posterous.com/stay-classy-gawker Mediaite I have slightly more respect for.

    As for the high editor turnover, I’m not surprised. Gawker is a sweatshop and if you’re over 25 you become a senior citizen there. So people naturally go on to better jobs with more responsibility, more money, etc.

  8. Anonymous July 2, 2010

    Not always but they do a lot of sensationalist headlines and many of the stories seem to lack the standards of good journalism. They fail to get two sources to substantiate stories and they also seem to use a lot of ‘a friend said’, ‘a colleague said’ etc.

    I was very disappointed by the US Gizmodo team buying an iPhone 4G and failing to return stolen goods to Apple and instead stripping it down and showing it to their readers. It showed a lack of maturity in journalism and I believe too many online news sites follow their lead rather than the path of true journalism which is to ensure your story is true and honest rather than conjecture and rumour.

  9. Anna Tarkov July 2, 2010

    Scott that’s a good point. I don’t think anyone, least of all the people who work for Gawker, consider what they do to be journalism. It’s gossip, plain and simple. And gossip was always been a lucrative business. Furthermore, anyone looking to Gawker for principled journalism needs to have their head examined. That’s just one example of the abysmal media literacy of the average literate human. As far the iPhone 4 thing, that’s a perfect example. Again, you can’t even say it’s immature journalism, because it’s NOT journalism. John Gruber, an Apple employee I think, was on a huge tear about the whole thing and he made many valid points. Some of them are here: http://daringfireball.net/2010/04/gizmodo_prototype_iphone

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