NEW AT THE CUT: New York magazine’s the Cut is getting a features editor. Maureen O’Connor, who’s been covering Craigslist sex scandals and celebrity gossip at Gawker, joins Monday. With a Gawker alum on board, it would seem the blog was getting ready to shift directions and cover women’s other interests besides fashion.
Unlike Jezebel and The Hairpin, the Cut’s been alone among the more well-read women’s-interest blogs in having a singular focus.
Since it launched four years ago, the Cut has been an extension of the magazine’s fashion coverage and a mix of breezy fashion news round-ups and photo galleries — like the ongoing Michelle Obama look book. Amy Odell, the blog’s former editor of four years, left in February to lead a new vertical at Buzzfeed, Shift.
But O’Connor and the magazine said they’re not ready to discus what the job will entail besides assigning features. A spokeswoman for New York said it’s still looking for another “fashion blogger.”
While at Gawker, O’Connor broke the story of Christopher Lee, a New York Republican congressman who was trolling for sex on Craigslist. She started part-time and has stuck it out for three years, a lifetime in Gawker years. “It seemed like the right time to leave,” she told WWD. Her last day is Friday.