(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:
“Everytime I have a sense of security, the rug just gets yanked out from under me. I hate that the falling sensation is becoming familiar again.”
Laid-off Gawker writer Sheila McClear declined to comment for this post, but lately she’s been moonlighting at The New York Observer, making a leap to that publication a possibility. McClear had been earning the fewest pageviews of Gawker’s daytime editors for several months. Gawker’s overall traffic is down 25 percent from September to November of this year.
Gawker publisher Nick Denton defended the rationale behind the cuts shortly after FishbowlNY broke news of the layoffs, saying “it might seem perverse to continue to ratchet down costs. Gawker Media brought in 39 percent more in advertising in November than 12 months earlier. Our extreme conservatism will make more sense in a few months.”
Denton has been making gloom-and-doom predictions about the future of the online advertising market for some time. If he’s proven right, the staff cuts could render him unusually prescient. At the same time, if they keep shedding staff, Gawker properties will likely compete against former contributors in the coming months. Former Jezebel editor Moe Tkacik, who was given the pink slip in October, has cropped up over at Slate’s XX Factor blog, heightening speculation that she’s a shoo-in for a spot on the masthead at Slate’s soon-to-launch women’s issues site Double X.
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