John Cook, who was named Gawker Media executive editor on Tuesday, tells his staff he wants to “expand our influence; professionalize; [and] expand the spectrum of editorial offerings.” His memo:
From: John Cook
Date: Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 4:24 PM
Subject: OK So Here We Go
Well, yesterday’s announcement didn’t quite go as planned, owing to the leaky ship upon which we sail together. We’ll be having an edit all-hands on Thursday at 4 p.m. where I will talk a bit about what I have in mind going forward, and take your questions — including anonymously submitted ones.
But for now I will say this about what I want to do:
• Expand our influence. What we say matters. We are already good at focusing the attention of our peers and of the world on the things we care about—witness today’s New York Times, which cites Bobby Finger’s reporting by name in an op-ed on Texas’ educational standards, and finally, at long last, and clearly against its will, weighs in on the effective end of accused child abuser Kevin Johnson’s political career at the hands of Deadspin’s Dave McKenna. We are good at this. But we can be better. I want to encourage and help launch set-piece posts—stories and arguments and jokes and images and videos that lodge in the public consciousness, and change the way people think or behave. Not just scoops. Arguments, opinions, critiques, observations, reviews—oh hell, even memes—that make a splash. Sometimes, like Scocca on smarm, they take months of labor, and sometimes, like Scocca on Cosby, they are dashed off in a huff. But they matter. I want us to matter even more./CONTINUES Read More