The week of Labor Day is as good a time as any for a change: we're inviting applications for the post of Managing Editor of Gawker.com. The last eight months have been both exhausting and invigorating. I couldn't have asked for better stories—or a stronger team of up-and-coming writers. But I need to get back to my other job.
My permanent replacement needs to be plugged into both society gossip and mass culture. (I only faked it, in both regards; I have still never watched a full episode of The Hills.) Above all, the successful candidate will have tabloid-grade news judgment and competitive drive. The salary is surprisingly competitive and there's a quarterly bonus for keeping Gawker.com on its upward trajectory. (Pageviews have more than doubled since the start of the year; and the audience has tripled; and we'd like to hold on to those new readers.)
But here's the main reason you should apply. Many magazines and newspapers will wrestle with their transition to the internet over the next few years. They cannot provide secure employment. Not that an internet-only company like Gawker Media can make cast-iron guarantees. But a successful occupant of the position will make a name for themselves and establish their internet credentials. If you're tough and ambitious, this is a great job. Email me. (But no attached resumés please.)