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Posted by Jeff (3577 posts) -

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.

(Photo by Becky Pineo)
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#1 Posted by Jeff (3577 posts) -

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.

(Photo by Becky Pineo)
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#2 Posted by Babylonian (837 posts) -

Oh wow! Radical! I like journalisms!

#3 Edited by McGhee (6094 posts) -

Giant Bomb is a video oriented site, so a news video would be pretty cool. I also am always happy for another podcast

#4 Edited by Kyreo (4600 posts) -

Awesome.  He broke that Infinity Ward Firing story WIDE open and having that guy aboard can only do good things for Giant Bomb, and Whiskey Media as a whole.

#5 Posted by RoyCampbell (1096 posts) -

I'm so bomb, I come to Giantbomb for my news.

#6 Posted by RE_Player1 (7560 posts) -

Radical. I thought he was a cool dude on the Bombcast, never seen any of his work but I think this will turn out great. 

#7 Edited by Bobdamicus (46 posts) -

Change is a brewin', awesome!

#8 Posted by Th3_James (2578 posts) -

It's a website....about news

#9 Posted by KuribosShoe (640 posts) -

welcome to our insane extended family, Mr. Klepek!

#10 Posted by schattenwolf86 (132 posts) -

Awesome news!

#11 Posted by Little_Socrates (5677 posts) -

OH MAN THAT'S AWESOME. One of the two cool people to ever come out of G4 and he's now WM.

#12 Posted by HadesTimes (804 posts) -

Welcome Patrick....

  Always been a fan of your work.
#13 Posted by strangone (179 posts) -

Does this mean the Bombcast will have five regular members?

#14 Posted by evildeadron (830 posts) -

interesting
#15 Posted by Jeff (3577 posts) -
@Kyreo said:
" Isn't that the guy that Was totally on top of the whole Infinity Ward firing thing or was that a different guy? "
Yup, that's him.
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#16 Posted by Daveyo520 (6745 posts) -

My little site is growing before my eyes. *tear*

#17 Posted by Juiceboxxx (26 posts) -

He going to be on the bombcast then?

#18 Posted by canucks23 (1087 posts) -

More original news and less copy paste crap? Lookin forward to it.

#19 Edited by ReyGitano (2467 posts) -

I helped to clean that man's desk and built his chair... sure hope that thing doesn't break. I feel so proud, but every time I visit the Whiskey Media office I feel like I learn something I wasn't suppose to know. Welcome to Giant Bomb Patrick. <>

#20 Posted by Rabalais42 (29 posts) -

Fantastic

#21 Posted by Nizzleworth (253 posts) -

Hey, Klepek is kind of the dude when it comes to video game news. This is a good thing.

#22 Posted by mosdl (3228 posts) -

Can't wait for the My Notebook scoops!

Splitting the bombcast and having a "end of the week newscast" wouldn't be bad.  And tape it!

#23 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

1. Keep it text. Video is inconvenient.
2. Avoid most business stuff, just as you have been.
3. Don't worry about the 24 hour news cycle. We don't care if your article comes out an hour after IGNs, as long as it is better written and fact-checked.
4. Post interesting rumors, but clearly define them as such (just like you did with Gamespot).
5. Be willing to post things and ask questions even if it will jeopardize your relationship with publishers and developers. It sounds obvious, especially here, but you cannot ever sacrifice this principle.
6. OBEY THIS DAMN YOU!

#24 Edited by eroticfishcake (7786 posts) -

Patrick joins and reports news whilst other people get to do other...stuff! We're all winners!
As for the format I think it's fine the way it is. I don't think we really need daily podcasts or wrap-ups since most of the stuff gets discussed on the podcast anyway. So in short, no change is needed because all it'll do is increase the workload.

#25 Posted by TurboMan (7539 posts) -

Holy Shit, good ass pickup Giant Bomb!


#26 Posted by EVHKwick (452 posts) -

Really awesome to see Klepek at Giant Bomb. If GB snags Sessler in some capacity, I would never venture to another gaming site. Hope he joins in on the Bombcast as well.

#27 Posted by TheMasterDS (2066 posts) -

A news of the week video feature could be fun, especially if it's like an I Love Mondays for the end of the week. That said I always like the story just being in that big list of stories.

#28 Posted by buzz_clik (6975 posts) -

I am very much in favour of this move. Welcome, Patrick!

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#29 Posted by Darkstar614 (1098 posts) -

Welcome Patrick!

#30 Posted by RenMcKormack (1074 posts) -

can he do news updates at the top and bottom of the hour on the podcast/live show  from a booth labeled news. 

#31 Posted by Sticky_Pennies (2019 posts) -

Welcome, Mr. Patrick-duder! Good to have you here!
I think a weekly video show about the news would be awesome. That idea about the Tested live show segment you presented is also quite tempting, Jeff. :>

#32 Posted by litrock (173 posts) -

Man, this is exciting news. I don't even have to follow anyone new on twitter or ANYTHING. Welcome, Mr. Klepek!

#33 Posted by Daneian (1229 posts) -

Klepek was awesome in the 1up golden days.  Good guy, nice get.

#34 Posted by TJ311 (415 posts) -

Congrat to Patrick, i remember watchin him on G4's Feedback and thought he was a smart man. good to see him on Giant Bomb now, welcome.


as for how the news should be delivered, all of the above.
#35 Posted by tsigo (101 posts) -

News wrap-up at the end of the week sounds good. Do that.

#36 Posted by transience (111 posts) -

whoa, Klepek is a nice get. this is great news.

I'd love a daily podcast out of giant bomb no matter the content. that beats news stories for sure. but I'll take whatever content you guys are willing to put out.

#37 Posted by VonSohn (27 posts) -

I fully support this decision.
Patrick should at least join the Bombcast for the news section.

#38 Posted by thuiscool (107 posts) -

Very cool. I personally haven't read any of Patrick's work, so it will be interesting to see what he comes up with. 


I want everything in timeline form. MAKE IT HAPPEN.
#39 Posted by Billychu (30 posts) -

A weekly news recap video or a daily podcast would be awesome.  Text is OK, but it's not very interesting.  I like hearing the opinions of the crew on news, and that's not expressed as well though text.

#40 Posted by AlisterCat (5560 posts) -

Sounds great! Is he going to be working with you guys in the office?

The problem most people have with the current news format is that it's the same news you can find everywhere else except its late. Most people have already read it.
Some original journalism will be much welcome. I don't think an audio podcast or video format is needed for news really. If it's that interesting beyond the headline then you're either going to read the text or not.
Unless it's interviews. That kind of original journalism works well for video and would be great to see (for example, your interview with Ken Levine).

Also, a current problem is non-news being in the feed. There needs to be a video content feed and a news feed (talking about the home page, not RSS). With the amount of content you guys are putting out now, I think i's time.
#41 Posted by dangeRUSS04 (94 posts) -

i'd say a weekly wrap up show but don't interfere with the bombcast, love the bombcast

#42 Posted by The_Drizzle (624 posts) -

Always been a fan of Mr. Klepek's, having him on the bombcast would be most excellent, Welcome to GB Duder!

#43 Posted by Nev (548 posts) -

Welcome! Not super familiar with his work, but I enjoyed his appearances on the Bombcast earlier this year, so this seems like decent enough news.

#44 Posted by Skald (4367 posts) -

Straight up textual news? For reals?


SOOOO COOOOOL
#45 Posted by KillerFly (396 posts) -

Welcome Patrick! Good to have you!


And Jeff, and video or podcasting you can force Patrick to do, I'm all for.
#46 Posted by kollay (1929 posts) -
@strangone
Does this mean the Bombcast will have five regular members?
"Working directly out of our office"
#47 Edited by Eribuster (489 posts) -

Straight news delivered fast and clean is all I want from my news. Looking forward to your coverage.

#48 Posted by aurahack (2270 posts) -

That's amazing to hear. Klepek's great, so it's nice to see he'll be the news dude for GB. Also: weekly wrap-up is a great idea. Video content is one of GB's strengths, so I think it'd be pretty killer to have that tie into it as well.


Now just get Sessler to join Giant Bomb and I will never have to go anywhere else for anything.


#49 Posted by mewarmo990 (835 posts) -

Welcome, Patrick!

I wouldn't mind a more news-focused weekly podcast, not unlike some public radio programs. Basically, a more serious, on-topic version of the BombCast.

#50 Posted by ZombiePie (5662 posts) -

Wow Patrick Klepek is a veteran of the industry. It is awesome that he is joining the news team. 

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