Duncan Riley talks about the recent refresh of his news site The Inquisitr and it is interesting to see how he views the site more and more as a traditional news outlet. Besides the obvious visual changes and enhancements, Riley talks about the syndication deals we’ve reported on previously.
I’ve only touched on this side briefly, but we started syndicating content a couple of months back. We started with Bang Celebrity content, and started playing with AHN. As of two weeks ago we expanded our AHN deal so we take on much more of their content now. We don’t post all of it, and we’re trying to work around content that might be interesting. At the same time though, the mere fact that we’re syndicating content makes us more traditional news site every day; both deals are like signing on with AP or Reuters to a degree, and I’d hope it’s the start of something better again for us.
Nintendo of America is threatening sites that wrote about College Humor’s Mario and Princess sex tape spoof on the grounds of trademark infringement.
In a letter sent to The Inquisitr from Nintendo representatives Cyveillance, the firm states that they were writing to ask us to “stop using the Nintendo properties in the hidden text/visible text/meta tags and/or title and/or links of the above-referenced sexually explicit Web site.” The firm goes on to state that “Nintendo’s customers include many children and their parents. Unauthorized use of Nintendo trademark(s)/work(s) is harmful to those customers and will tarnish Nintendo’s reputation.”
The video is still up on College Humor, so we can assume that this is an isolated case from agency Cyveillance. If other bloggers have received a similar C&D letter, we would love to hear about it. If Nintendo really insists that everyone removes the funny video, maybe bloggers should boycot serious coverage of Nintendo news.
In an unconfirmed lead Duncan Riley, Blog Herald founder and b5media co-founder, reports that Chad Randall and B5Media have parted company and Randall went MIA.
Chad Randall, Vice President (Sales) for b5media is no longer with the company, The Inquisitr has learned and confirmed through an online source.
The circumstances behind his departure though have not been disclosed. What we do know is that at the time of writing Randall has not been replaced, and we are unable to find the position advertised online either at the b5media blog, or through an extensive Google search.
Without 100% certainty, the evidence points to Randall being put off unexpectedly. He’s removed b5media as his current job on LinkedIn, he hasn’t replaced it with a new job. He’s also disappeared online, not updating his Twitter account or blogs since he left the company; that’s more significant than it sounds because one of Randall’s blogs is dedicated to Twitter marketing, and he’s a heavy Twitter user. If he was leaving the company for another position or on happy terms, he would have likely mentioned it somewhere publicly, but instead there is silence. read more
Duncan Riley has announced the addition of Paul Montgomery as the in-house sports writer on The Inquisitr. Montgomery is a journalist by trade, and with the addition the site now features a dedicated sports category.
Riley also announced a syndication deal with BANG Showbiz, which means that The Inquisitr can run up to ten stories from their celebrity content stock, as an addition to the regular celebrity coverage. Finally, Riley also announced a deal with GumGum for celebrity photography. It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out, especially the syndication deal.
As for traffic, Riley reports that pageviews are down in June, 2.7 million to 2.55. He calls it a comfortable level.
You probably remember JR Raphael leaving Duncan Riley’s The Inquisitr to launch his own site. Well, there’s been an ad out where Riley’s been looking for a replacement. Over 400 applications (possibly more as you’re reading this) has been sent in, and the winner is…? Well, let’s start with who were not winners:
There were some amazing applicants based on experience, including an ex-CNN correspondent, a couple of TV ppl, maybe half a dozen newspaper reporters, and a range of people from very well known blogs.
Right, so who is filling JR Raphael’s shoes?
Kim LaCapria, based in New York, and obviously capable of writing an amazing job application. In fact, the application was so good that it prompted Riley to blog about it, which is something you might want to consider if you’re going to search for a new blogging gig.
LaCapria hasn’t started on The Inquisitr yet, but if you’re interested in her work you can check out Magic Satchel and the possibly NSFW Vice Vixen blog.
One of the initial writers on Duncan Riley’s news site The Inquisitr is leaving today. JR Raphael is a heavyweight in the tech sphere, with a contributing editor gig at PC World and a lot of other big workplaces under his belt. And now he’s leaving The Inquisitr to launch his own site, eSarcasm.
I caught up with both Duncan and JR for a brief interview about what sparked this move. Duncan had this to say:
JR Raphael was with you from day 1 with The Inquisitr. What did he bring to the table?
We were always fortunate to have JR’s services. I’ve never judged applicants by their resume alone, and always looked at writing style and eye for content, but in JR’s case I saw both. As well as writing for MSNBC, PC World, The Washington Post and Yahoo Tech, he’s also won two Emmy’s. Yeah, if that sounds like an insane resume to you, imagine how I felt. The resume should have frightened me off, but none the less he got the gig.
Duncan Riley’s site The Inquisitr is 1 year (and a day as I’m writing this) old, and it appears as if the goals were met. Just read this paragraph from Duncan’s post on the matter:
As I type this post, Google Analytics says we’ve delivered 13,059,144 page views in our first 12 months. The real figure is probably around 13.3 million, as we’re missing about a weeks worth of stats from various periods, but I’m happy with 13 million none the less. Our other vital stats: Alexa 11,341, Technorati: 225, Compete: 3,907, Quantcast: 1,756, Australian Blog index: 2, Australian startup index: 8.
Paul Short, who used to run a blog network called Bloglogic back in the day as well as being one of the initial 5 in b5media, has signed up as a permanent resident on Duncan Riley’s The Inquisitr. He’s been writing for the site for some time, at a CPM payment basis of sorts, but as of May 1st, he’s on the more traditional payroll. read more
Duncan Riley’s news blog The Inquisitr is looking to hire writers, and the payment model is CPM based. That by itself isn’t anything new, but being up front with the reasoning perhaps is, Duncan writes extensively about it on his blog.
Personally, I wouldn’t go for this model unless the numbers looked really really good, but it is interesting to see publishers looking for payment solutions in today’s struggling economy. It’s even more interesting to read about the reasoning behind the decisions, and knowing Duncan I think we’ll find out how this experiment falls out.