Our guest this week is Ryan Tate, a reporter for Gawker Media, a listener to this podcast who has been following Dave Winer’s Scripting News since 1997.
Some of the items we discussed:
Why Nick Denton doesn’t care about your resume or where you went to college. (He looks you up on the web.) Ryan began as a commenter at Gawker sites, though he also had a career as a “print” journalist.
Why Gawker sites don’t practice “access journalism” in the same way that more traditional news organizations do.
The founding insight of Nick Denton’s Gawker Media: that journalists are a lot more interesting to listen to in a bar than they are to read in print. Eliminating that gap is his editorial approach.
The creation of a new editorial culture at Aol (amid a hiring spree) and at Yahoo– without what Ryan called “the old media baggage.”
The shift of economics correspondent Peter Goodman from the New York Times to the Huffington Post. “With the dysfunctional political system, old conventional notions of fairness make it hard to tell readers directly what’s going on,” Goodman said. “This is a chance for me to explore solutions in my economic reporting.” While he said he was happy at the Times, he found he was engaged in “almost a process of laundering my own views, through the tried-and-true technique of dinging someone at some think tank to say what you want to tell the reader.”
Oh, and Ryan Tate is writing a book on skunkworks and why they work.