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Peter Thiel isn't the only billionaire waging legal battles against the press

Editor's note: A version of this story was first posted by "Reveal" from The Center for Investigative Reporting and is being republished here with permission. The revelation that billionaire Peter Thiel secretly funded a lawsuit against Gawker has provoked a lot of hand-wringing in media circles. “Be very, very worried,” tweeted Mother Jones editor Clara Jeffery. Nevermind … Read More
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What does Peter Thiel's lawsuit against Gawker mean for a resource-strapped news industry?

Last night, Forbes reported out a rumor that has been circulating among media reporters for the last several months: Hulk Hogan's $140 million lawsuit against Gawker Media was bankrolled by a wealthy benefactor, namely Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel. The story, attributed to multiple anonymous sources, broke just hours before Gawker Media was scheduled to appear in a … Read More
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Hulk Hogan wins $115 million judgment against Gawker Media

After a years-long legal fight, a Florida jury has ruled in favor of Hulk Hogan in his invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media, awarding the ex-professional wrestler $115 million. Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker Media, said in a statement that the company plans to appeal the decision. Given key evidence and the most important witness were both improperly withheld from … Read More
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John Cook named temporary executive editor at Gawker

The International Business Times John Cook will be temporarily taking over the position of executive editor at Gawker Media. The announcement comes after seven staffers left the company recently, including executive editor Tommy Craggs and editor-in-chief Max Read. Cook is currently the investigations editor at the publication. The announcement came from a memo that Cook sent out … Read More
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Hogan's lawyer accuses Gawker of leaking content of tapes

On Thursday, lawyers representing Gawker Media and Terry Bollea (the real name of Hulk Hogan) gathered in the Sixth Circuit court in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image Credit: AP In a motion, the counsel representing Hulk Hogan accused Gawker of reportedly leaking tapes to the National Enquirer, which published an article reporting that racist slurs were part of the … Read More
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Commentary: Gawker crosses line with story on magazine exec

The Gawker story about a top magazine official’s recent attempt to hire a porn star for $2,500 for a few hours of sex is a classic case of invasion of privacy with absolutely no redeeming social value. From Gawker’s story, we see the executive being mature and even considerate of his would-be sexual partner. We see Gawker’s source reneging … Read More
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AFL-CIO chief asks Salon to voluntarily recognize workers’ union

America’s top labor leader is asking Salon to voluntarily recognize the Writers Guild of America, East as bargaining agent for its editorial workers. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote Salon Media Group CEO Cindy Jeffers on Thursday, requesting Salon voluntarily recognizes the union and not force a formal representation election. Most of the staff has signed up with the union, which … Read More
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Talk of Philly newspaper strike, unionizing move at Gawker, big window onto media labor relations

Members of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia rally outside the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News building in 2006. Union members will vote Wednesday on whether to give leaders the right to call a walkout. (AP Photo/George Widman) Union members in Philadelphia will vote Wednesday evening on whether to give leaders the right to call a walkout … Read More
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Former newsman earns his keep on fake news show

Cord Jefferson. (Courtesy photo) Last January, Cord Jefferson was offered what he calls an unexpected, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Jefferson, who was then West Coast editor at Gawker, got a cold-call from the show runner of "Survivor's Remorse," a comedy on Starz that chronicles the life of a fictional NBA pro named Cam Calloway. Would he be interested in … Read More
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Mic news director fired for plagiarism

Gawker | Politico Jared Keller, news director at Mic, has been fired from his position at the startup after a Gawker investigation unearthed "at least 20" plagiarized passages from a variety of news organizations including The Associated Press, Reuters and Storyful. Jake Horowitz, Mic's editor-in-chief, provided Poynter with the following statement: Jared Keller is no longer employed … Read More
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What platishers, like Medium, mean for unknown writers

Early in November, Lauren Cusick, a former defense attorney, was listening to Serial. In one episode, a juror explained that a defendant’s choice not to testify contributed to a guilty verdict. In response, Cusick wrote a thoughtful, persuasive essay about a defendant’s invocation of Fifth Amendment rights and posted it on Medium. Cusick, who now lives in Japan, has … Read More
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Nick Denton wants Gawker Media to reach more conservatives

Jason Parham's Kinja thing Gawker Media honcho Nick Denton Thursday told an editor (and careful Gawker readers) that he knows the company's audience leans left and wants its journalism to reach more conservatives: Let's welcome, if not out-and-out racists, then at least the wide array of people with whom a conversation is possible: national greatness conservatives, Burkean Tories and … Read More
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Gawker editor: We 'must commit' to diversity

Gawker Gawker's Jason Parham wrote about the need for more diversity at Gawker on Monday. In the post, Parham published an internal email, which he sent in December, about why Gawker needs to add more diversity. So, here's the thing: For Gawker Media to compete, evolve, and grow, our commitment to create a self-operating ecosystem must involve … Read More
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Former Racket executive editor rejoins Gawker

Gawker Alex Pareene, who was formerly executive editor of The Racket, a short-lived satirical news project from First Look Media, has joined Gawker Media as its special projects editor, executive editor for investigations John Cook announced Wednesday. In a post filed to "prodigal sons," Cook noted that Pareene, who was formerly a Gawker staffer, will be tasked with "developing … Read More
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