off the record
This morning, The Awl announced that Matt Buchanan and John Herrman will take over running the site, which will, after five years in “public beta,” finally get a redesign.
The Awl, nothing if not consistent in its conversational/clever, take-it-or-leave-it tone, wrote the announcement in a FAQ format under the overline ”Website Discusses Itself.”
Yesterday a Kickstarter announced the arrival of The Classical, yet another daily web publication dedicated to the burgeoning world of alternative sportswriting. This one is the brainchild of a cerebral fraternity of sports and culture bros, including Bloomsbury editor (and rumored pub-trivia powerhouse) Pete Beatty, Pitchfork and Village Voice vet Tom Breihan, Yahoo! Read More
The Hairpin, the second spin-off site launched by The Awl in two months, went live last night.
Along with the other Awl sister site Splitsider and new sponsorship deals with companies such as Ann Taylor, The Hairpin is helping make The Awl a profitable enterprise for the first time since its April 2009 Read More
Booze & Books
The Awl is about to expand and will introduce a comedy blog within the next few weeks.
Associate editor Adam Frucci is leaving Gizmodo after four years to lead The Awl’s comedy site, which will be called Splitsider. “I’m very, very excited about it,” Mr. Frucci wrote in a goodbye post yesterday on Gizmodo, the Read More
Sloane Crosley celebrated her second book–How Did You Get This Number, from Riverhead–with a party last night at the Spotted Pig.
She wore a fetching strapless dress, carried a flashdrive of music from a friend (which she threatened to use as a switchblade, or maybe a Taser), and urged guests to try the deviled eggs Read More
The Awl is planning to grow into a family of three websites, David Cho, the blog’s publisher, said in an interview with Nieman Journalism Lab.
“That was always what the site was going to be,” Mr. Cho said.
The flagship site, started by Choire Sicha, Alex Balk and Mr. Cho in Read More
“People kept telling me that they were bored with the Internet,” said Choire Sicha, an “ancestor of ephemeral Gawker” and soon-to-be published book author (not to mention a former Observer editor and columnist), who was calling into The Observer from his “home office” in the East Village this afternoon. Read More
When the Daily Transom showed up to Will Leitch‘s "Election Angst" party in Cobble Hill this evening, Mr. Leitch, the one time editor of Gawker media’s sports blog Deadspin who now pens a column for New York Magazine, directed us immediately to the backyard, where around a few people were standing around drinking beer; others Read More
That news about Moe Tkacik joining Radar? Never mind.
Apparently, Ms. Tkacik has changed her mind and rejected the offer from Radar. She’ll leave Jezebel and begin writing for her company’s flagship site, Gawker.com.
Reached by Media Mob, Radar editor Maer Roshan, who is currently not in the office, told us that the memo Read More
After at least five people made for the exits from Radar in the last two months, Radar editor Maer Roshan told the Observer in early June that the magazine would make "impressive" new hires. He held good on his promise. Moe Tkacik, the caustic, speedy and popular writer at Jezebel, is joining radaronline.com Read More