Cord Jefferson is leaving Gawker to write for LeBron James’s new Starz TV show. Editor John Cook’s memo also announces that Gawker has hired Jay Hathaway, Daily Dot news editor and one of “Twelve People Actually Worth Following On Twitter.”
From: John Cook
To: Gawker Writers
Date: Monday, February 3, 2014 at 5:22:08 PM
Subject: Comings and Goings
Hello. First the bad news:
Cord Jefferson is leaving us. This bums me out more than I can say. Cord has been a delightful colleague, a dedicated worker who’s been game for anything that needed doing, and most important, a thoughtful, curious, and artful voice on the site, whether he was writing about disgraced porn star/beauty queens or America’s never-ending struggle with race. He is by far the coolest and most handsome member of the Gawker staff, so it’s fitting that his next step takes him to Hollywood: Cord is not forsaking us for some other dank web shop. He will be a staff writer on a new Starz TV show executive produced by LeBron James. As distressed as I am to be losing him, I’m really happy that he landed a dream job, and you should be too. His boss is LeBron James now./CONTINUES
And now the good news! Jay Hathaway, the news editor of the Daily Dot, will be joining us as a senior writer. Jay, who lives in Seattle, first rocketed to fame in 2008, when he was named one of “Twelve People Actually Worth Following On Twitter” by Gawker.com (lead tag: “Webtards”).
That’s really all you need, but he’s also been an editor at Urlesque and Download Squad, a Twelfth Man for the World Champion Seattle Seahawks, and does occasional interviews for Suicide Girls. Oh and he has a law degree from Rutgers. At the Daily Dot, he’s honed his keen sense of where the internet is at any given moment and, more importantly, where it is going. He’ll be addressing those talents to the project of creating monetizable content for Gawker from west, but he’ll be working east coast hours. We’ll be bringing him out for his first week later this month to “beat him in,” so be sure to say hi when that happens.