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Nick Denton Of Gawker Not Running A Newspaper But 21st Century Media

Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker, wrote this message to his staff in 2009. I happen to agree with it. Raad: "From: Nick Denton Date: Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 6:33 PM Subject: We’re not running a newspaper A few cases recently where we’ve thought *way* too much before publishing. Even when we’ve had exclusive information or even documentary evidence. There’s always a good argument for waiting. Let’s check to see whether the associated claim is true; oh, the source might be exposed. Unbelievable Flashlight Now Available To Public awiserfinancial.com But we should publish anyway, making clear what we know to be true and what remains up in the air. Or even just publish a headline or quicklink and fill the story in later. We can always update. We can always write a second post when we’ve established more of the facts. We’ve brought in some of the better traditions of newspapers. We’re breaking more stories than we ever have. That’s awesome. But there’s no way we’re going to slow our publishing schedule to that of a ponderous newspaper-style organization — where everything has to go through layers of edit and approval and checking and legal. If we did that, we’d be neither as authoritative as a newspaper nor as nimble as the smaller blogs that *do* indeed publish as soon as they get something. At some media organizations you might get rapped for running a premature story. At Gawker Media, you’ll lose way more points for being scooped on a story you had in your hands. Nick"

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