Highlights from Nick Denton's online company meeting

Gawker Media honcho Nick Denton held a company meeting Tuesday on Kinja, Gawker's commenting and publishing platform. He wrote: "As its makers, we should use the software ourselves: its virtues should be evident in internal as well as external communication."



Some pretty good stuff from the meeting:



"You seem incapable of keeping editors for any length of time," one person -- perhaps not an employee since s/he is using the name of Tony Curtis' character in "Sweet Smell of Success" -- states, following it with a question: "Is that intentional or regrettable?" (First Look Media announced yesterday that Gawker Editor John Cook is leaving to become editor-in-chief of The Intercept; Max Read will take over Gawker.)



Former editor A.J. Daulerio is "one of the best and most loyal colleagues," Denton replied, saying few people thought Cook could match Daulerio's traffic, "and yet Gawker.com now has 20 times the audience (see chart) it had during the supposed golden age of 2007," Denton wrote. "It will continue to grow under Max Read, and his achievements will owe much to the coaching and example of his predecessors."



Also, he knocked back Gawker reporter J.K. Trotter's request to attend his upcoming wedding:

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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