In which I say goodbye to Gawker.com for many words and also: freelancers getting fucked over by Vice, straight people reporting on LGBTQ stories and other fascinating tidbits of information and stories for you!
When the world isn’t built for you, you build something for yourself. We know how to adapt and generate new ideas because we’ve been doing it out of necessity for our entire lives. So sorry, tech bros – “entrepreneurial spirit” doesn’t exclusively belong to you.
Univision buys Gawker, Arriana Huffington leaves The Huffington Post, Laur M. Jackson on “citation as a loving practice,” NPR shuts down comments, the worst clickbait headlines and so much more!
“In business, especially when starting out, you need to be able to embrace risk with open arms, which is a nice way of saying you have no idea how to swim but are jumping in the deep end anyway.”
Topics include Twitter’s magical blue check, Nick Denton filing for bankruptcy, the case against the media by the media, and questions about the utility of alleged “neutrality” from journalists covering Trump.
Topics include Talking Point Memo and The New York Times doubling-down on reader support, Twitter opening up verification to applicants, This shutting down, how to talk to your boss about your intesne workload and more!
“I’m doing something I really believe in, that can change people’s lives for ever, that’s good for the planet. I never get tired of talking about how to use natural materials, why they work, and looking at how they were used in the past.”
Topics include the latest Facebook news feed tweak, Gaby Dunn on owning your work, goodbye to The Toast, the history of American Black media, the UVA/Rolling Stone story, Buzzfeed shutting down its Ottawa office and more!
“Life is hard and you should just do what you want to do. Luckily the things that I want seem sort of selfless because of my identity. If I was the aforementioned straight, able-bodied, cis, white guy, my career goals would be boring and unnecessary which is why I think they should all get out of entertainment.”
Topics include my personal problems with Bustle’s SEO strategy, beating airport boredom, Gawker Media filing for bankruptcy and more!
“An integral part of my business is to create and cultivate positive, meaningful, supportive relationships with everybody from my clients to my colleagues, people I’m renting space from, potential clients, etc. It’s important to me that my actions demonstrate my values that every person and every body deserves love, respect, and care.”
Topics include sitting on the couch, the most popular political candidates on social media, work/life balance, changes at Longform and moar!
Topics include the closing of The Toast, layoffs at Vice and The NY Times, preparing for last-minute interviews, Buzzfeed’s shift towards video and so much more!
“I didn’t get any funding until year three and it came from a member who truly believed in me. Now in year six, funding opportunities are coming from multiple places, thank you baby Jesus, but all of those opportunities are coming my way from relationships I have formed, not from banks or investors.”
Topics include why people pay for the New York Times but won’t pay for Buzzfeed, liberal bias in Facebook’s trending topics, how Bitch Magazine got started, being productive in your home office, how to turn a negative conversation around and so much more!
“I knew I wanted to train animals by the age of 3. I didn’t know that I wanted to start this business until 3 years ago.”
I don’t even know what materials research is. (Please don’t tell me.)
Topics include bold ladies, The Awl co-founder getting his first “real job,” a new Facebook algorithm, additional ad-blocking-related panic, a profitable “college paper on steroids” supported by 10, 0000 unpaid writers and more!
“I think a lot of us [queers] have turned to art as a place to find meaning and access other realms. Art explains the unexplainable and gives us a space to explore the mysteries we are so fascinated by.”
Medium becomes a publishing platform, gay magazines are so very white, Facebook introduces live video, Spurned Elle Writer Goes On Totally Bananas Rant, proven conversation topics with strangers, Buzzfeed falls short of revenue projections and so much more!