In a nutshell, Defamer is being merged into Gawker.com, and its current writers are to move onto pastures new.
“LiveJournal, the San Francisco-based arm of Sup, a Russian internet startup, has cut about 20 of 28 employees and offered them no severance,” Gawker reports.
James Frey, author of a ‘Million Little Pieces’ and ‘Bright Shiny Morning,’ has finished his brief internship at Gawker.com: you can watch the last day part of the day video here, which mainly seems to consist of doughnut shots. The people ‘weren’t as awful’ as he thought they would be, he had a great time – especially doing errands – and he gave back change after doing the Starbucks run.
The comments below the video are worth a read: Journalism.co.uk agrees with @Pope John Peeps II that frothy thing Sheila calls coffee doesn’t look like one to us, and we like @bytememehard’s question: ‘will he [Frey] write a memoir about his experience’?
Head of Gawker.com, Nick Denton, announced on Friday that he was letting go 19 members of the editorial staff in a ‘preemptive move’, including Moe Tkacik, who was only recently recruited. Page view bonuses for the first quarter of next year are also to be cancelled in light of the ‘upcoming fiscal crisis’.
This isn’t where we normally flag up job listings (for full job listings visit this part of the site) but this is an interesting one – since it was posted on September 2, the advert has received 6,722 views, and 150 comments. Manhattan media news and gossip site, Gawker.com, is inviting applications for the post of managing editor.
The incumbent, Nick Denton, says that he needs to get back to his ‘other job’, so is calling for a permanent replacement to join the team.
While admitting he’s never watched an episode of the Hills, he does say it’s mandatory to be ‘plugged into both society gossip and mass culture’. Follow the link here for full details.