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Posts Tagged ‘Moe Tkacik’

Which Jezebels Went Part-Time; Denton on Gawker Cuts

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(L-R: Megan Carpentier, Tracie Egan, and Sadie Stein)

In the wake of Gawker Media’s latest layoffs, we’re hearing more about what went down at the blog network. Sources with inside knowledge of today’s cuts report that editors Megan Carpentier, Tracie Egan, and associate editor Sadie Stein are the Jezebel staffers who’ve been made part-time employees. Jezebel managing editor Anna Holmes would only tell FishbowlNY that three editors had their hours cut, declining to confirm their names. Holmes said there “shouldn’t be much less” content on the blog following the staff cuts and status changes. Carpentier posted to Twitter at approximately 11 p.m. Monday night, seemingly in reference to her modified employment status:

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Gawker Lays Off 19 Editorial Staff Including Moe Tkacik

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Gawker had their own black Friday newsdump today. In a move that may soon become known as the Denton doctrine, Gawker head Nick Denton announced that he was preemptively laying off 19 members of the editorial staff, including recently hired Moe Tkacik, and suspending page view bonuses for the first quarter of next year due to the upcoming fiscal crisis. Earlier this year Denton cut loose three of Gawker’s sites including Wonkette with similar explanations. We spoke to Denton earlier and he confirmed that this was indeed a preemptive move since none of the sites had yet to see any cancellations.

Denton declined to give us a rundown of who was being laid off, though Valleywag confirmed they had already cut three; judging from the memo that was posted to the site, it looks like Valleywag, Consumerist, and Fleshbot will be the hardest hit. The memo also confirmed earlier reports that Denton will be replacing himself with former NYO-er Gabriel Snyder. Why Snyder?

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Shouldn’t More People be Reading Harper’s?

2008-10.jpgJon Friedman wants to know why Harper’s isn’t more widely read (notwithstanding Moe Tkacik). Is it because, as Friedman notes, “its covers have all the pizzazz of a form letter from the Internal Revenue Service.” Certainly an apt observation, though Drudge isn’t especially pretty to look at either and it seems to do okay. We think it’s worth pointing out that unlike, say, The New Yorker, Harper’s firewalls most of its content behind a subscription service, and even though we prefer to read long-form pieces in print online access has a way of putting you in the conversation. Not to mention, the Harper’s Index seems to us to be a blog just waiting to happen!

Of course, truth be told, we happen to subscribe to both the New Yorker and Harper’s and we rarely pick the latter up (though it does happen to be the publisher of two of our favorite magazine articles ever). So what gives other than the fact the Internet has killed our attention span?

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Jezebel Moe off the Radar, On to Gawker

Picture+7.pngStop the presses. Or moveable type. Or whatever. Radar has just informed us that Jezebel’s Moe Tkacik is staying put. Sort of. According to Radaronline.com executive editor Alex Balk, who posted the news just a few minutes ago, Gawker lord Nick Denton has managed to convince Moe to remain under his umbrella. He is apparently moving her over to Gawker’s flagship site, where she will be accorded “more creative freedom and fewer of the onerous tasks she is currently responsible for at Jezebel.” Says Balk:

I wish Moe only the best; this wouldn’t be so hard to take if she weren’t so talented, and I’m jealous of her soon-to-be co-workers at Gawker who will be the beneficiaries of her wisdom.
So yeah, Jezebel’s loss is now Radar‘s loss is Gawker’s gain. No word on whether Tkacik’s new found “creative freedom” at Gawker heralds some sort of new direction for the site or who Jezebel plans on tapping as a replacement, however we suspect current Jezebel “contributor” Megan Carpentier is probably a good guess.

All Good Things, Etc.: Jezebel Moe to Radar

Picture+7.pngRadar announced late last night that Jezebel stalwart Moe Tkacik is decamping to the website as of August 18. Tkacik’s departure will be a big loss for the Gawker Media run Jezebel; she’s roundly considered one of the stars of the site where she covers the politics beat and pens the daily feature Crappy Hour, among other things.

No word yet on what motivated the departure, though recently Tkacik has been on the receiving end of a lot of not-so-nice attention in the aftermath of an appearance on Lizz Winstead’s “Shoot the Messenger” show (backstory here). That said, Tkacik, a former WSJer, was one of Jezebel’s original hires when it launched in May 2007, and fourteen months is a lifetime in the career of the blogger. Meanwhile, Radar continues to be the place where everything good Gawker seems to end up. Former Gawker writer Alex Balk took over as executive online editor last fall, Choire Sicha has been guest-writing for the Fresh Intelligence blog for the last month or so, and former Wonkette, and current Swampland scribe Ana Marie Cox signed on as a contributing editor earlier this year.

The Jezebellion Wave

jezeg.pngWe’re not sure how many FBNY readers have been keeping up with the whole Jezebel kerfuffle — between the July 4 holiday and going Canadian we mostly missed it. However, since it continues to pop up in conversations and online we thought it was worth a mention.

Short version: Jezebel’s Moe Tkacik and Tracie “Slut Machine” Egan appeared on Lizz Winstead‘s “Shoot the Messenger: Thinking and Drinking” show a few weeks ago and proceeded to drink (to some excess). Over the course of what was supposed to be a fun(ny) hour, talk turned to rape at which point the host turned suddenly serious (earlier talk of abortion somehow did not merit a finger-waving response). At this point the crowd began to express its displeasure(?) over the fact the ladies were drunk and seemingly making light of serious subjects and/or not as articulate as their writing has lead people to believe they should be. For her part the host appeared displeased that the ladies weren’t kissing either her or Gloria Steinem‘s ass (one wonders, does she read Jezebel?). In the words of Karina Longworth “cross-generational feminist chaos” ensued. (Longworth has a great write-up here).

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