Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Has GalleyCat Lost It's Meow?

I teach a contracts class for MediaBistro, and so I'm a bit biased when I say that I think they offer wonderful resources for media professionals. Despite this, I still feel compelled to comment on the recent drop in quality in GalleyCat, their daily newsfeed.

Since 2005 GalleyCat has been a staple of my daily reading. If you've never read it before, imagine Publisher's Lunch without the deals, but broader coverage. I was worried that there would be a drop in quality when Sarah Weinman left for greener pastures, but Ron Hogan continued to maintain a high quality.

It's only been in the past few weeks that I've noticed a drop - a smug tone has infiltrated a few of the posts, older stories are being recycled, and the overall writing quality has dropped a bit.

Here's hoping that the ship gets turned around soon.


Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Thank you for saying something about this; I was wondering if it was only my perception. Also, too many stories about the same three people. Enough already!

I, too, hope the ship rights itself.

Kelly said...

Agreed. It's a disappointment, that's for sure.

And, there are too many book party stories. How many readers are really interested in book parties? I'm not, that's for sure.

Jonathan Lyons said...
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Jaye Wells said...

The Sloane Crosley party stories became a bit tiresome.

December/Stacia said...

I've noticed this too. I go to Gawker for my Gawkerish stuff, if that's what I'm in the mood for.

Gabrielle said...

I hope the quality improves. GalleyCat is the gossip feed the publishing world can feel good about reading. :)

Julia said...

Yes, what December/Stacia said.

I actually flounced out of Gawker when it became the Julia Allison/Jakob Lodwick Show; I'd hate to see Galleycat follow that lead and become a house organ for a few bloated egos.