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Gawker Makes Leadership Changes (FishbowlNY)
Nick Denton has announced some major changes to the leadership structure at Gawker Media. Instead of Denton having all the oversight, a collective of seven managing partners (including Denton) “will consult on major matters such as tech investments and the reassignment of department heads,” according to a memo. NYT The move was in part because of the company’s editorial failures in the last year. Denton said he would stay on as chief executive and remain involved in the company’s future, but that recent failures in management had shown he needed more support. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The move, Denton said, was part of an effort to scale back his day-to-day managerial roles and return to blogging, which he called “the only truly new media in the age of the Web” and “the essential act of journalism in an interactive and conversational age.” The move also suggests that Gawker Media may be gearing up for an acquisition or merger of some sort. Denton said that no such activity was afoot. GigaOM The new management structure will make it easier to respond to the increasing competitive threat from sites like BuzzFeed and Vox, Denton said, since decisions will be made by the committee as a whole rather than everyone having to try and get the founder’s attention at the same time. The new group includes former Deadspin editor Tommy Craggs as head of editorial operations, effectively replacing editor-in-chief Joel Johnson, who announced recently that he had been fired. Capital New York The rest of the managing board includes president Heather Dietrick, chief strategy officer Erin Pettigrew, advertising head Andrew Gorenstein, chief operating officer Scott Kidder and chief technology officer Tom Plunkett, who will continue to work on the product side but shed the title of CTO. The memo also mentions that Gawker’s revenues are up 30 percent year-over-year and the company has hired Paul Sundue to head Studio@Gawker, the company’s in-house native advertising agency.

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Racked Promotes Leslie Price, Izzy Grinspan

Leslie Price [Photo by Jessica Loren]

Leslie Price [Photo by Jessica Loren]

There’s a whole lot going on at Vox Media fashion vertical Racked.

A few months ago, Racked national staff moved into Vox’s Midtown offices. The site now has 16 full-time staffers, triple the number in place at the time Vox acquired the property in 2013. And this week, Leslie Price was promoted to editor-in-chief while Izzy Grinspan was named executive editor.

The editors of Racked’s local city editions work out of their respective territories, while the back end for all Racked functionality is run out of Vox’s Washington D.C. offices.

“Our traffic has gone up seven-fold in the past year,” explains Price via telephone to FishbowlNY. The latest Google Analytics monthly uniques total for Racked is a little over five million.

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NYU Journalism Students, Faculty Mourn End of Condé Nast Internship Program

In our post last week about all the big changes at Racked, one of the people we mentioned was Laura Gurfein. The former Racked intern has moved up to regular freelancer. As she completes her final semester at NYU, she is also now interning for Elle.

conde_x200So who better than Gurfein to update us on  the impact at NYU of Condé Nast’s recent decision to end its storied internship program. There has been a lot of ink devoted to the legal motivations for the decision, but not so much about how it affects innocent J-school bystanders:

“This is a huge disappointment [for our students]“, said Meryl Gordon, the director of the magazine writing program for graduate students at New York University’s journalism school. She estimated that approximately 50 graduate journalism students intern with Condé Nast each year. “And I also think it’s a loss to Condé Nast, because they’re able to get the first crack at some of our most talented students.”

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Racked Adds Feature Writer, Photographer

While the acquisition of the Curbed sites by Vox Media has received the lion’s share of media attention, there is also a lot going on at Racked, the fashion network that along with Eater was also part of the deal. Racked encompasses a national site and regional verticals for New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

ChavieLieberThe national site, run out of an office in the East Village alongside the group that operates the New York vertical, is adding Chavie Lieber (pictured) as its first full-time feature writer. Photographer Driely Vieira meanwhile is being bumped up at the beginning of next month to Racked full-time status. She will contribute to both the New York and national sites.

Racked founder, national editor Leslie Price, who launched the site in 2007, is excited about these and other forthcoming changes. She is based out of Miami, where she returned this summer after helping oversee and grow the west coast end of Racked.

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Food Blog Eater To Launch Redesign, Expansion

eater e.jpgWe can confirm the rumors circulating: Lockhart Steele‘s foodie blog, Eater, will be at the center of a design overhaul starting tomorrow. (In fact, when we visited the site today we got this redirect message: “We’ve taken the liberty of redirecting you to http://ny.eater.com, in anticipation of something new coming this Friday. You can still access Eater NY at the original URL until then, but if you’d like to start adjusting bookmarks and the like, now is the time. As always, thanks for playing. – mgm’t”)

The new Eater will not only have a new look, but will include a more national spectrum, with correspondents in Miami and Vegas. Steele, who started Eater along with the NY real estate blog Curbed and fashion site Racked after he left his managing editor position at Gawker in 2007, has been slowly migrating his empire in a broader, less NYC-centric direction, while still keeping his headquarters and an official site focus on our busy city.

–by Drew Grant

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WebNewser: ABC News blog The World Newser has been blocked in China, although other ABC blogs are not.

WWD: Leslie Price has left shopping blog Racked to join Lucky magazine, where she’ll take the online editor post.

Mediaweek: Everyday with Rachael Ray is trying a new editorial strategy, swapping Rachael Ray — the magazine’s namesake who has appeared on every cover since its inception — for a delectable food photo. What would you rather look at, Rachael or ribs?

Washington Post: Former Washington Redskins president John Kent Cooke said he purchased ten North Carolina-based weekly newspapers last week because his company, Cooke Communications, is “contrary.”

Examiner: Part one of a five-part series celebrating the second anniversary of WCBS-FM‘s return to the oldies format.

New York Magazine: A look at dreaded consulting company McKinsey & Co., which was hired by Conde Nast last week to help realign the media company. A few interesting, little-known facts: the company once “forbade all junior consultants from wearing argyle socks” because they were thought to distract clients, but at another time consultants “were required to wear fedoras until President Kennedy stopped wearing them.”