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The Awl Hires Matt Buchanan from The New Yorker [Updated]

TheAwlLogoIt’s a big day for The Awl. The site, which began looking for a new editor months ago, might have finally found one in Matt Buchanan, who left The New Yorker to come aboard. One doesn’t just leave The New Yorker without the promise of something big, do they? As of now, there’s no word on exactly what Buchanan will be doing at The Awl.

Further muddying the waters is the fact that John Herrman is joining Buchanan at The Awl. As Capital New York notes, Buchanan and Herrman worked together at BuzzFeed’s tech vertical, and both are former Gizmodo editors.

Maybe Buchanan isn’t The Awl’s new editor, and he’s teaming up with Herrman to launch a new tech site for The Awl? Or maybe Buchanan is The Awl’s new editor and Herrman is heading up the new tech site by himself? Or maybe they were both hired because they make excellent smoothies???

Those are all legitimate questions. We’re reached out to Choire Sicha, The Awl’s founder, for answers. We’ll update when we hear back.

Update (10:08 am):
Sicha, in a note on The Awl, explained that Buchanan and Herrman will both be running The Awl, starting next month. There will not be a tech vertical. Click through for Sicha’s full memo.

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Buzzfeed Grows Again, Adds Tech Vertical

It’s getting to the point that it’s difficult to keep up with how much Buzzfeed is expanding. It started in December when the site added Ben Smith to be its new Editor-in-Chief, then continued when Doree Shafrir joined as Executive Editor earlier this month, and now there’s more news: Matt Buchanan, a veteran of Gawker’s Gizmodo, has been added to the team.

According to All Things D, Buchanan will be in charge of Buzzfeed’s new tech section. Joining him is John Herrman, who most recently worked at Popular Mechanics, but is a former Gizmodo editor as well.

Buchanan said the chance to be part of something completely new was enough to lure him away from Gawker Media. “It’s an opportunity to build something completely new on a really exciting platform, which, even though the hallmark of Gizmodo is the immense freedom we all have, you know, the one thing I can never get here is the chance to do it all from scratch,” Buchanan told All Things D. “And to do something that’s different from what a lot other tech sites are doing, I hope.”

If you think this is it for Buzzfeed, you’re wrong. Smith said there will be more, so we’ll try to not blink and catch it all.