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BREAKING: Is Giant Bomb's New News Editor Starting Tomorrow?

With this important change in place, Brad will finally get to focus on his seafaring video games round-up while Jeff will... also wear a hat.
I'm pleased to announce that as of Monday, seasoned newsman and all-around good guy Patrick Klepek will be joining the Giant Bomb team as News Editor. We've all thought long and hard about how best to expand our focus and provide higher-quality content for you, and adding Patrick to the team will bring exactly that. In addition to bringing his expertise to our current news output, one of the things Patrick will be focusing on is honest-to-goodness original reporting, ensuring that there are even more things on Giant Bomb that you can't find anywhere else.

Why news? Why now? Well, I should probably back up a bit.

Right around the time we started Giant Bomb back in 2008, I grabbed myself an RSS reader and subscribed to almost every single full-text gaming news RSS I could find with the idea that if we were going to start a site with no dedicated news person, I was going to need to be up on what's happening out there in the world. While we focused primarily on covering the games themselves, we'd dabble in news here and there, reporting things when they came our way and, more often than not, linking out to sites that were doing the legwork that we weren't. Beyond positioning some rugged soldiers like Brad Nicholson in direct path of the press release hose, It felt like it would be crazy to get into news. Other people--like Patrick, for example--had that buttoned up.

These days, I almost wonder if everyone decided that there's no money in news reporting or something. The sites that were fully devoted to it seem a little less focused these days. Some of them broke out and got into other types of content at their news team's expense. Others branched out into so much off-topic coverage that I had to cull them from my RSS feed. Still others straight-up vanished. Point being, I'm not getting as much news from the news sites as I used to, but the post count from these sites just seems to go higher and higher. I'm left with way too much digging to get to the important stuff from the authors that matter.

Actually, this addition also grants me more time to focus on reviews. Touchdown from all angles.
So I've decided to, in my own way, do something about it. We've all known Patrick for awhile and have crazy respect for the work he's done. Everyone's pretty excited about having him here. We've been tossing around names for potential news candidates for what feels like a year now, but none of them felt quite right. Once we began talking to Patrick about coming over here, it didn't take long for all of those other names to sort of fall by the wayside. He'll be working directly out of our office and we'll all be thinking about presenting you with the most important game news out there with the level of insight and experience that you've come to expect from us.

And we'll probably manage to have a good time while we're at it. That, after all, tends to be our way.

But enough about that. What I want from you right now is two things! First, join me in welcoming Patrick to Giant Bomb. Second, I think we all have some ideas about what an ideal news organization should look like these days, but I want to know what you think about it. How do you want your news delivered? Is text the thing? Should we develop some kind of weekly news wrap-up show? Call-ins? A daily podcast where the day's headlines are delivered directly to your earholes? Should we beam our news stories into space so that aliens can know about updated release dates and the reasons behind their favorite studio's layoffs? Should we rope Patrick into some kind of heinous Tested live show segment where he's blindfolded and eating some kind of awful "food" during his first week here? Like I said, let me know.

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Posted by dillonj9889

Audio would be nice, preferably in the format jeff is doing the NDX. But text would suffice just fine too. Thanks Pat and welcome to Giant Bomb.

Posted by W1SSY

First off welcome Patrick to Giant Bomb. Hopefully we get to see you participating in some shenanigans with all the other guys soon.

I think articles covering the news is usually good enough. Sometimes it is nice to have video features but doing a weekly thing may not work right because not every week will you get s lot of news. A podcast would be nice but yet again sometimes the news would not be enough to warrant a separate podcast and for the most part the bombcast covers news. Maybe having Patrick for the news section to run down and give his viewpoints and keep it as accurate as possible in the bombcast would be nice.
Posted by Captain_Felafel

You know, Giant Bomb was always sorely-lacking in the "awesome-but-in-a-crazy-way" hair department. Glad to see that getting addressed! 

Posted by KensterFox

This is awesome news. About news. Pull this off, gentlemen, and you may have just reduced my "newsy" RSS feed count to 1.

Posted by Hosstile17


Posted by MannAlive

Wow. I mean, nothing gives me more joy than GiantBomb (I have 3 Tshirts and all the Limited Quests), but I would have thought G4 was a better gig influence and career wise. It is smart of him to get in early, before GiantBomb is the sole power in the universe, though.

Welcome, Patrick.  Pretty awesome.

Posted by Ravidrath

Giant Bomb is rad, but it will not be complete until more than 50% of the talent hails from #vidgames. Sorry, Petaluminati, but you're going down!

#vidgames forever!
Edited by Slaker117

Awesome, I always liked Patrick. If Giant Bomb manages to maintain decent general coverage, it may very well become the only video game site I visit.

EDIT: Oh, right. Text articles as stories come up with a weekly audio or video wrap-up would be nice.

Posted by WiqidBritt

I would prefer text updates possibly with a weekly wrap-up video... and of course make him eat all of the "food" you can force him to

Posted by papercut

Great! Amazing!

Also Podcast would be pretty NEAT!
Posted by onimonkii

as someone who isn't on top of anything in the comic world, i think the comicvine team do a great job with their weekly wrap up video, so something like that on top of regular text reporting would be ideal.

Edited by Pr1mus

A weekly video news wrap up or a podcast would be great as i am way too lazy to read. And definitely have him eat all kind of awful food blindfolded!
Oh and welcome!

Posted by FinalDasa

Crazy awesome!

Excited to have him aboard!
I wouldn't mind hearing him on the podcast or having something similar to the Comicvine weekly wrap up video once a week. Or like you suggested, make him do stupid things while blindfolded on the live show, that will work.
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Posted by Captain_Soup

This sounds really exciting. I love Giant Bomb for the great content and the complete lack of insipid top ten lists. Adding a bonafide journalist like Klepek to the fold should be awesome. I can't wait. 

Posted by Godzilla_Sushi

I definitely don't get enough Whiskey Media podcasting! I would love to see more of that in a short daily format if it was doable. ;)

Posted by MEATBALL

This is glorious news! Patrick Klepek is awesome, with him working out of your office I hope you rope him into some live/quick look shenanigans.

Posted by Treythalomew

This is awesome news. I was just wondering where he would land since he announced he had left EGM.

Posted by Synaptic

I generally prefer text for my news. Also, he should definitely be made to eat weird food.

Posted by solidwolf52

I think a food test initiation may be in order

Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG

great news!

Posted by Rudeboy217
This is awesome news.
Welcome Patrick!
Posted by Yelix

Yes! Patrick Klepek is the hardest working man in video game journalism. Aside from his boyish good looks, he always seems to have the first word on any development in the industry. Plus, he seems like an all-around good guy.

Posted by Derios

Dope stuff.

Posted by daviddoel

Awesome news! 

I think a 10 min daily podcast at the end of each day would be an awesome way to deliver the news.
Posted by Sin4profit

Hell yeah Klepek, love that guy!

As far as delivery, I'd like text articles for breaking news but i'd rather it be a once (or twice) weekly round up video.
Posted by Gabriel

What about Brad Nicholson, I'm assuming he's gonna be let go?
Posted by chrominance

Though having a weekly news roundup video with quick news hits might be a neat thing to have, I feel like the real value behind people like Klepek is their ability to do long-term stories like Infinity Ward v. Activision, which feels very much like feature article territory to me. And because I'd love to see more of that sort of thing (and stuff like the age-old Dallas Observer story about Ion Storm back in the day), I'd have to vote for text.

Posted by Fish_Face_McGee


Digged him when he was at 1UP, so seeing him move to my favorite gaming site is pretty rad.
Posted by milkman4591

First off, as Jeff mentioned, welcome Mr.  Klepek. I feel the best way to get his news across would be the standard text postings, along with a video wrap up akin to the comic vine weekly news. Adding him to the bombcast may not be a bad idea either, maybe give him the news segment to read and have you guys discuss instead of Ryan handling everything. Just my thoughts, and again, that's what we call a get!

Posted by Falconer

Make him man the chat for this week's live show. Hehehe...

Posted by Virtua_Ben

Wow, this came out of left field.  I'm excited to see what he brings.

Welcome! Btw, congrats on the engagement Patrick!
Posted by Dany

Damn, that is great news. Perfect fit, awesome person. Dude is on top if it when he was over at X-Play


Edited by Reetesh

Used to Follow Totilo, Klepek and Tracey John in MTV Multiplayer Blog for a long long time. All have gone to other places, and luckily, its to places where I already visit, well other than Tracey, she writes for MANY PLACES :P
But Yeah, would definitely like a news roundup podcast. I've been getting almost no time to read my RSS feeds now a days, and none of the 5podcasts that I hear cover news as much as I would want. I always feel like I'm missing something. (And find out when I eventually check feeds at a later date)

News podcast please, I know video sounds good, but daily video was tried way-back-when in you-know-where by JeffG and others and it was just too much work both for the makers and for viewers. Something like a nice and funny 30m length daily podcast or a bombcast length news roundup per week would be really really good.

Looking forward to new audio feeds! I commute a lot, 1h daily and things like these are way more useful than textual feeds.

Congrats and All the best :D

Posted by Unequivocable

Well done.  Welcome Patrick!

I vote for 'Weekend Update' style news show reporting!
Posted by Morris

Patrick Klepek is truly a great man.   

Posted by LiquidSaiyan3

I, for one, would like to welcome our curly headed news overlord.

Also, YES to the Tested segment. I think all new Whiskey Media employees should be subjected to a Tested hazing on the Happy Hour!

Posted by Phished0ne

A Video news report segment would be cool, or a weekly text/podcast wrap up that is a one-man or 2 man mini-show.

Pat is a stand up guy and i'm sure he will mesh well at Whiskey.
Posted by Trace

This is quite awesome to hear. Welcome aboard, Patrick!

As for the news style, since you have the video and audio side pretty well covered, it'd be nice if Patrick mostly stuck to really high-quality text stories. That way, you have the best of all forms of media on this site, and I have little to no reason to visit any other video game sites out there.

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Posted by spilledmilkfactory

Hey Patrick, welcome to the team. Glad to see the in-house Whiskey team expanding a bit, especially in the wake of Alex's imminent departure to the East coast

Posted by Longevitous

Patrick, welcome to GiantBomb and Whiskey Media!

Been reading you since MTV. Not sure if that is saying much but glad to have you.

Only word of advice, watch the rate of the news stories. When Nicholson and Kessler were added, there were like 5-7 posts a day and most people, including myself, didn't like it. They had to tone it down. Keep it focused on the important and occasionally the obscure stuff.

Since Whiskey is video focused, you should have your own segment on the Happy Hour. Take Q&A from the chat and callers on the week's news. The Bombcast already talks about the news on Monday/Tuesday. My guess is you'll be on there when big news breaks.

Posted by Surkov

Yay Patrick Klepek! 

He's no Luke Smith, but I still love ya anyways Patrick. 

Posted by Soapy86

Wow, Klepek is going to be a really great addition to Giant Bomb. Congrats to all involved! 

I think text is kind of a no-brainer. 

A daily podcast sounds cool on paper, but what do you do when the news is slow? Or if there's no news at all? I think a weekly podcast posted on Thursday or Friday would probably be a better idea. 

No opinion on whether or not you should do a video news show. Sounds cool though. 

Only good things can come of beaming Giant Bomb into space. 
Posted by Heli0s
Congrats Patrick!

I like the idea of some long-form investigative journalism. I think one 1,500+ word, thorough investigative post per week (unlike the firehose of predictable news snippets we get from every other gaming site) and one tried and true Whiskey Media video segment to wrap up the news for the week.
Posted by myketuna

Been following Klepek since his 1UP days. Cool addition to the team, I think. As far as news, I think text is good, but since he's going to be working out of the office (while most of the other news editors don't, I believe) a video feature sounds like a good idea. Or a podcast. Or him just taking over the news segment of the podcast. Something. Use the man's beautiful face is what I'm saying.

And yes, torture the poor sucker with some Tested segment on his first Live show. Nothing but good can come out of hazing.

Posted by Togechu64

Hey Jeff, thats great news. To answer your question, I think having a daily news podcast would be incredible. I might not be in the majority here, but between going to work and college I don't have much time to scour blogs for up to date news like I used to and therefore just miss a bunch of important stuff or just end up falling behind.

I do however have a large amount of commuting time, and a podcast with news would fit perfectly into my schedule. Anyway, just my two cents and congrats to Klepek once again.
Posted by rentfn

That is awesome. Welcome to the team. News articles to read would be great. I don't think we weekly wrap up would be that worth while but I would still watch it.

Posted by Choi

Welcome home Patrick.

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Posted by Wandrecanada

I hope you do a lot of on location or investigative reporting with Patrick.  The man has connections I'm sure but the industry has relatively few beat journalists.  Hell the real news barely has beat journalists anymore.   You guys could be a revolution!