BuzzFeed had a good November–more than 133 million unique visitors good. But although that traffic surpassed Gawker’s, Nick Denton sent a calming email to his employees to remind them that it’s not all doom and gloom.
off the record
Talk of a merger between Gawker and Business Insider, helped along by Nick Denton and Henry Blodget, was the subject of frenzied speculation last week.
Offices were all a-Twitter late this morning after a rumor spread that Gawker’s Nick Denton and Business Insider’s Henry Blodget would announce a merger between Gawker and Business Insider when they took the stage at a media conference this afternoon.
Rumors of a merger between Business Insider and Gawker that made the rounds this morning have been greatly exaggerated.
“We had breakfast, as we regularly do. I admire Henry Blodget, Joe Weisenthal and Business Insider’s editorial management. They’d have more fun with us than at AOL, where they’d be yet another unhappy unit. And they’re having fun with the possibility alone,” Mr. Denton said in an email.
If you can, you’re probably a monster who is dead inside. So, you know, good luck with that.
Around the town
“What if Gawker tried to out an anchor at Fox News and no one cared?” writes David Carr. But what if David Carr devoted a whole column to said outing of a Fox anchor and we still don’t really care? (The New York Times)
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Kinja! Gawker founder Nick Denton is “set to unveil ‘a manifesto’ of sorts that will outline Gawker’s plan to further blur the line between reporters and readers and explain readers’ rights.” (The New York Times)
Slate explains its redesign. (Slate)
Something nutty’s going on at Yale.
For some reason, reports that the school has exterminated their native population of squirrels are not being quashed.
It all began yesterday, when a “distressed senior” sent an anonymous tip to Gawker claiming that “the administration paid to have all the squirrels on campus killed over the summer,” Read More
Shortly after former gossip reporter John Cook was named editor-in-chief of Gawker, he posted a job listing on the site for a new gossip reporter. Five months later, that position has finally been filled—by J.K. Trotter.
“I’m just very, very happy for the opportunity to work with John, whose work I’ve followed for a long time, and everyone else at Gawker, who have been really nice (so far),” Mr. Trotter told The Observer in an email.
Mr. Cook announced the hire today in a staff email, which included news of two other hires: Leah Beckmann has been promoted from associate editor to assistant managing editor and Taylor Berman overcame the hazing that is the freelance night shift to become a staff writer.
Gawker Media is relaunching Defamer, the Hollywood gossip site that was folded into Gawker proper back in early 2009. The website will temporarily be run by former Gawker editor in chief AJ Daulerio, he announced in a post this afternoon. Mr. Daulerio, who left Gawker in January, has been consulting for BuzzMedia since March and will conduct a search for a permanent editor.
The new version of Defamer will operate in the same vein as Valleywag, Gawker Media’s Silicon Alley blog that shut down in 2008 and relaunched in April when Gawker Media switched to Kinja.