The Observer has just learned that Gawker blogger Seth Abramovitch was dismissed after a post that invoked a racial slur many considered to be in generally poor taste. Gawker.com editor A.J. Daulerio has confirmed: “Yes, he was fired.”
Two of Gawker Media’s more niche titles are getting a change-up.
Brian Crecente— the longtime editor of the company’s video game site Kotaku, and one of the longest-serving site-leads in the history of the company—is out. Mr. Crecente has been with the company for seven years.
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“On the West Coast, they call it the Stanford swivel,” said serial entrepreneur Nihal Mehta. “Like when you’re at Stanford, you kind of have to look around to make sure other people aren’t hearing. I find myself doing the Stanford swivel at Soho House, just to make sure that folks aren’t eavesdropping.”
Mr. Mehta, whose latest venture, LocalResponse, helps brands find and reward consumers posting about them on social media, was discussing the downside of talking shop in the recently refurbished sixth-floor drawing room of Soho House. “I was kinda joking around last time I was there that we’d have to sign N.D.A.’s,” said Mr. Mehta.
The notion that members of the tony, $1,800-to-$2,400-a-year private club would have to worry about techies stealing their start-up idea—rather than, say, an I-banker squirreling away a stock tip—has to do with the changing demographics of Soho House. Where a seat at the bar once meant overhearing talk about “taking helicopters to the Hamptons,” as one member told The Observer, these days, depending on the hour, the sixth floor might have more in common with a start-up hub than the lunch crowd at Michael’s or Bull and Bear.
NBC Nightly News anchor and regular cut-up Brian Williams is currently having lunch at the Gawker offices right now, when he’s not staring at their televisions (shout out to the early hominids). How’d he end up there?
off the record
Gawker boss Nick Denton sounds like a remorseful Dr. Frankenstein in an interview in the latest issue of Media Magazine, a little-read but not bad glossy from MediaPost (Contributors this month include Paul Ford, Maura Johnston and Anil Dash). It appears all of Mr. Denton’s Internet creations have become self-obsessed little terrors.
For instance, his Read More
On Monday, Deadspin editor A.J. Daulerio unrolled a fairly epic foray into the world of stunt journalism: an attempt to re-create Major League pitcher Dock Ellis’ infamous no-hitter of June 12, 1970 against the San Diego Padres, pitched while tripping on LSD. He did so by taking LSD.
Nick Denton tapped his microphone between five and eight times to get the attention of the crowd gathered on Gawker Media’s rooftop. “This is pretty good timing,” he said, alluding either to the just-passed rainstorm or the ongoing marriage-equality debate in Albany. Mr. Denton had volunteered use of the Gawker roof for a fundraiser for Read More
Still missing the old Gawker? With the fun and simple blog-style navigation (just scroll down!) and the prominent bylines and adorable little hit-counters blazing away on the right-hand side?
It was a bit weird, but it worked. In fact, it was really starting to grow on us just around the time Gawker Media honcho Nick Read More
Three weeks ago, newly-relaunched Gawker hit the web with a curious omission: the row of social media widgets frequently attached to blog posts across the web (examples below and to the right of this post).
“These sites festooned with social media buttons—they look like primitive tribesmen clutching pathetically onto shiny baubles they believe to the Read More
Nick Denton threw a nice party at his Soho pad last night to celebrate the launch of the new Gawker.
After the place had reached critical mass, Denton dimmed the lights and rallied the troops.
He thanked everyone for handling the Tsunami of twitter hate that came along with the redesign. He called out Read More