Gawker "Cans" Editor, Acquires Cityfile
Reports surfaced that there's been an editorial shakeup at popular gossip site Gawker. In true Gawker fashion, the gossip was confirmed by former editor Gabriel Snyder himself, who is being replaced by Radar Magazine editor Remy Stern. Who coincidentally is the founder of Cityfile, described in their about page as: a guide to the most notable and influential New Yorkers, more than 2,100 people divided into 27 industry categories.
Snyder revealed the news himself on Gawker's site, in what he describes as "weird." Here's a brief excerpt of Snyder's email to staff as posted:
Honesty is Gawker's only virtue, so it seems inappropriate to engage in the usual corporate euphemisms of "wanting to explore new new opportunities" or "take a larger role in the company" or "spend more time with my family" (though eighteen-hour days and seven-day work weeks do take their toll on personal relationships), so I'll put this as plainly as we'd report any other masthead ouster: I am being canned.
Building this website into what it is today — a big operation with 11 writers, a regular source of national news and a challenger to the mainstream media organizations that it once mocked — has been the best job of my career. Transitioning from print to online meant adopting an entirley (sic) new biorhythm. Transitioning from writer to editor has meant learning to bask in the reflected glory of the talented staff who contribute every day. I love Gawker and adore the crew that makes it happen.
So what we know about this whole upheaval is, it wasn't Gabriel's idea to leave, he was offered some kind of position within the company, but clearly not good enough to stay and he resents the 18-hour, 7-days a week work which took a major toll on his personal relationships. In other words, he was canned, he's not happy, but now he can sleep in and major have a sex life. Seems like a decent trade off to me.Continued on the next page