TAKING THE BUYOUT: Gawker Media keeps trying to regain stability after its disaster last week when founder Nick Denton removed a controversial post about a Condé Nast executive, despite the fact that the editorial staff voted to keep the story online. On Friday, the company is said to have offered employees buyout packages and among those taking one was features editor Leah Finnegan, who live-tweeted an internal meeting following the departure of two top editors last week. On Monday, the constantly tweeting Finnegan tweeted that she would be leaving the media firm. WWD initially incorrectly reported that Finnegan had been dismissed.
Finnegan garnered more than 4,000 followers on Twitter last week when she tweeted snark-filled commentary and remarks made by Denton as he tried to calm the staff. The meeting was called shortly after editor in chief Max Read and executive editor Tommy Craggs resigned in protest. Finnegan’s series of tweets quoted Denton, including: “‘we have to take some responsibility for what we did…for violating an established standard.. blah blah blah taking a post down.’ —nick”
On the blowback that the story incurred on Denton, she wrote: “nick just said he only has ‘one celebrity friend’ left.”
Later, her boss addressed another controversial story that has put Gawker in the news — the Hulk Hogan lawsuit. Hogan has sued Gawker for $100 million, after the site posted video clips of the wrestler having sex.
Finnegan tweeted: “‘i realized that the hogan story… was actually on the edge’—nick now expressing a ‘hulk’ of regret lmao.”
She ended the barrage with: “this has been gawker all-hands meeting livetweets. please DM me for resume.”
The old adage that there’s a grain of truth in every joke is apparently true. On Monday, Finnegan wrote: “V. sad to leave gawker after 1 year. it was a great place. if you need an editor lmk.”
She signed off the tweet with her personal email.