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EXCLUSIVE: SpinMedia Adds Execs in LA, New York

Here’s one way to jazz up the purview of corporate HR. Instead of name-plating the door with “senior vice president, human resources,” opt instead for the moniker of chief people officer.

Megan Opp, most recently with the solar power technology firm eSolar, is joining SpinMedia in that CPO capacity. She is one of four new hires being announced this afternoon by the company, which recently re-branded itself from BuzzMedia.

Also set for the LA SpinMedia executive suite are Louisa Wee, senior vice president of business intelligence and strategic analytics, and Scott Southron, the company’s new CFO. In New York meanwhile, where two-thirds of SpinMedia staff is headquartered, Michelle McIvor is coming on board as vice president of audience development.

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Ex-Gawker EIC A.J. Daulerio to Consult for BuzzMedia

It was just a few months ago that A.J. Daulerio vacated the EIC position at Gawker and was replaced by John Cook. This week comes word that Daulerio will soon be taking on a high-level three-month consulting gig with BuzzMedia. The move was announced Wednesday on the west coast and again last night at an all-hands NYC BuzzMedia  meeting.

Our sources tell us Daulerio will work closely with executive vice president of programming Mike Porath to devise a cohesive new battle plan for the company’s portfolio of websites. BuzzMedia currently operates a staggering 40+ different Web properties.

Porath has an impressive background. Before joining BuzzMedia, he was the editor-in-chief of AOL News as well as an ABC News-pioneering overseas digital reporter, working out of Kosovo.

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A.J. Daulerio Steps Aside as Editor of Gawker, John Cook Takes Over

The A.J. Daulerio Gawker era is coming to a close. According to New York’s Daily Intelligencer, Daulerio is stepping down as editor-in-chief of Gawker, and John Cook is succeeding him.

“John Cook is the most experienced reporter on the team, a surprisingly powerful opinion writer and a gossip of the most refined kind,” wrote Nick Denton, in a memo. “He has natural authority. John will preserve the crew and build on the success of 2012. I’m grateful to AJ for leaving Gawker in such great shape and I can’t wait to see what John and his colleagues will do in 2013. Roger Ailes’ excitement may be more muted.”

For the full Denton memo and Daulerio’s note to staffers, head over to Daily Intelligencer.

Gawker’s New Commenting System Has Some Writers Worried

It seems like at least once per month we’re writing about Gawker Media’s commenters or its commenting systems. The latest development is something concerning the latter. As The New York Observer notes, Gawker Media is rolling out a new form for commenting, called “Kinja.”

If Kinja works right, it will make writers secondary:

Bloggers trained to fear, ignore or disdain the commenters now have a mandate to engage with them, a job that is equal parts forum moderator, lifeguard and whipping boy. Or become obsolete.

Asked if Kinja, in its fully realized form, even required writers, Mr. [Nick] Denton replied, ‘As long as readers want to see discussions in which our staff writers participate, we’ll have staff writers.”

Not especially reassuring news for his editorial employees, who are fretting that those who fail to adapt will be fired.

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Gawker Media Adds Two

Gawker Media has added two staffers. A.J. Daulerio, Gawker’s Editor-in-Chief, tweeted that Rich Juzwiak is joining the site and Capital New York reports that John Koblin is leaving WWD to join Deadspin. Juzwiak is coming to Gawker from The Daily.

Daulerio added that there are “more additions soon,” so we’ll keep you posted.

Gawker Editor: N-Word Did Not Get Blogger Fired

It’s clear that using the word “nigga” in a post didn’t exactly help Seth Abramovitch‘s career at Gawker. But A.J. Daulerio, the site’s new editor, felt the need to write his own blog post explaining that was not what got Abramovitch fired. Or not the only thing. From Gawker:

To mitigate some of the damage done to his professional reputation as a result of my ill-timed public dismissal of him, I’d like to reiterate here that there were other factors before and after this DONDA mess which led to it. I thought it was a shitty joke and some of the attempts to defuse the backlash were shittier, but that shouldn’t in any way tarnish his excellent body of work, which I’ve always admired.

That’s nice of Daulerio to say, but we have to wonder – Was it his conscience, or fear of a lawsuit, that prompted this post? Abramovitch’s firing was handled poorly and publicly, with Daulerio even going so far as to make disparaging remarks about the departing blogger to the press.

N-Word Gets Gawker Blogger Canned

In a post about Kanye West‘s new company DONDA, Seth Abramovitch joked that the name was an acronym for “Dis Original Nigga Dresses Aight.” Writing those words got Abramovitch fired from Gawker.

Granted, with a name like Seth Abramovitch, you really shouldn’t be throwing around the n-word, even as a joke. Even if that joke is about something a rapper might say, one who uses the n-word regularly. That being said, is this really a firing offense? From a website that once posted a graphic photo of a murder victim for the world and his grieving family to see? The blogger who posted that photo still works for Gawker, by the way, making this seem like a pretty arbitrary application of ethical standards.

But it could also signal a shift at Gawker. Abramovitch appears to have been canned by the site’s new editor, A.J. Daulerio, who may be intent on bringing higher moral standards to the website. Or he may just be playing into political correctness. Time will tell.

Gawker Writer Fired After Using N-Word in Post

Well that was quick. The New York Observer is reporting that Seth Abramovitch, the Gawker writer who somehow thought using the n-word in a post about Kanye West was funny, has been fired.

A.J. Daulerio, Gawker’s Editor-in-Chief, confirmed that Abramovitch was released, but didn’t elaborate on why he was let go. We could probably guess what that reason was.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. A. J. Daulerio Named EIC of Gawker, Tommy Craggs EIC of Deadspin, November 28
  2. Newsweek iPad App Coming in January, November 30
  3. Changes to The New York Times Comment System Brings out the Crazies, December 1 
  4. November Sweeps Indicate WNYW/Channel 5 Owns 10 p.m./November 29
  5. Time Inc. Finally Names CEO, November 30
  6. It’s a Clean Sweep of the November Sweeps for WABC/Channel 7, November 28
  7. Laura Lang on Taking CEO Spot at Time: ‘I Have Always Trusted My Instincts,’ December 1
  8. Big Changes at Brides, December 1

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A.J. Daulerio Named EIC of Gawker, Tommy Craggs EIC of Deadspin

Nick Denton just tweeted some big news: A.J. Daulerio has been named the Editor-in-Chief of Gawker, and Tommy Craggs will be succeeding Daulerio as Editor-in-Chief of Deadspin. There is no word as of now what the future holds for Remy Stern, the current Editor-in-Chief of Gawker.

We’ve reached out to Denton, Daulerio and Stern for comment. We’ll update as we learn more.

UPDATE:
According to the New York Times, Denton said that Stern will remain at Gawker Media as a consultant, and Daulerio was moved to Gawker to help grow the site. “We need to release the full potential of the site’s excellent roster of writers — and fill out the team with new hires,” wrote Denton in an internal memo. “A.J. has proven himself as both developer and recruiter of editorial talent. That’s what the site needs right now. Hence the switch.”

UPDATE TWO:
Stern emailed us the following statement:

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