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Gawker Stalker: Charting the Site’s Media Takeover – Vanity Fair



From the New York Times newsroom to the Succession writers room, the kids once shooting spitballs at the establishment now have seats at the table. As a new Gawker gets going, here’s how the spirit of the site—and siblings like Jezebel and Deadspin—has spread.

Launched in 2002, Manhattan-obsessed Gawker became the flagship of a sprawling digital media empire promising blunt takes and inside dope on everything from tech to politics, sports to video games. Though killed off by a Peter Thiel-funded lawsuit over publication of a sex tape starring Hulk Hogan, Gawker’s influence, and that of hell-raising siblings like Deadspin, Jezebel, and Gizmodo, is evident by turning on HBO or opening the New York Times. As a new owner tries reviving the Gawker brand, here’s how its tentacles have spread throughout media and entertainment.

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Since selling his gossip empire to Univision, the enigmatic Gawker Media chief—whose SoHo loft was once a mildly debauched media party zone—has cultivated an air of mystery around a possible next act, hinting on Twitter about a future “story-making app.”


His chatty and biting style set the tone for early Gawker (and much of the internet). After cofounding The Awl, where he cultivated a new generation of wryly observant internet writers, he went legit, reshaping the New York Times Style section before returning to writing at New York magazine.


Choosing an education at Gawker over Columbia Journalism School, the early era editor in chief—and later top Jezebel editor—went on to lead newsrooms at Vocativ and Mashable before joining newsletter juggernaut Morning Brew as chief content officer.


Starting at Awl sister site The Hairpin and later becoming a Jezebel deputy editor, Tolentino gained a following for sharp-witted cultural commentary. Now a New Yorker staff writer, her essay collection, Trick Mirror, racked up critics’ raves.


From joining a Paula Deen cruise to gorging at T.G.I. Fridays, the Gawker writer took stunt journalism to sublime new heights. Her talents earned her a gig writing cover stories for GQ before the NYT Styles desk and magazine scooped her up.


One of Gawker’s longest-serving writers, Nolan chronicled the media business—and, by organizing the site’s staff, helped set off a wave of unionization across the industry. Nolan now covers labor for In These Times.


Getting tailed by Roger Ailes didn’t stop Cook from probing Fox News and other power centers for Gawker—a path he’s continued as investigations editor at Insider, working alongside deputy (and ex-Gawker/Gizmodo reporter) J.K. Trotter.


Even Denton bristled at the former feature editor’s scathing posts. Now Finnegan is leading a relaunched Gawker under new owner (and past Jezebel and Valleywag target) Bryan Goldberg, whom she’s already mocked to the press.


Tackling everything at Deadspin from Taylor Swift feminism to the real estate delusions of NYC-based rom-coms, the former senior editor became Spin’s top editor before joining the Condé Nast stable as editor in chief of indie mainstay Pitchfork.


A renowned Gawker and Deadspin editor, Scocca also wrote on allegations against Bill Cosby (when nearly no one else was) and argued for snark over smarm. He launched Hmm Daily before becoming Slate’s politics editor.


Beginning his Gawker writing career as anonymous commenter LolCait, Lawson jumped from ad sales to editorial and became one of the site’s most popular contributors, chronicling contemporary celebrity culture with absurdist flair. And now he’s with us, as Vanity Fair’s chief critic.


Gawker’s founding editor in chief went on to helm the New York Observer under then owner Jared Kushner, whose incompetence—as a media owner and White House adviser—she’s quick to point out. Spiers now heads progressive digital strategy company The Insurrection and teaches media and innovation at NYU.


From gracing the cover of the New York Times Magazine to debating Jimmy Kimmel, Gould moved beyond just internet famous. The original “confessional blogger,” who is also half of an aughts media-world couple (she’s married to n+1 founder Keith Gessen), is the author of the novels Perfect Tunes and Friendship—and wrote a column in this issue!


A distinctive Jezebel voice in the early years, Stewart led Splinter, a site carrying on the Gawker flame until shuttering itself in 2019. The native New Yorker jumped to the Times as deputy metro editor and now deputy editor for Narrative Projects.


Dropping out of NYU to write for D.C.-skewering Wonkette—and serving as Gawker’s editor in chief nearly a decade later—the epically acidic Pareene now serves up incisive political analysis as a staff writer at the New Republic.

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After covering the dearth of cool Black characters in video games and the necessity of Black Panther for Kotaku, Narcisse went on to write the Rise of the Black Panther series and Spider Man: Miles Morales game.


Having explored race, culture, and celebrity as a senior writer at Jezebel, Brown is now making her mark on the TV world, writing for Grown-ish, In the Dark, and forthcoming Marvel series She-Hulk.


After igniting a Brett Favre sexting scandal at Deadspin, he posted the Hulk Hogan sex tape that sunk Gawker in court. The notoriously hard-partying Daulerio has since shifted gears, founding recovery newsletter the Small Bow.


Taking home an Emmy last year (with Damon Lindelof), the former West Coast editor has written for Watchmen, Succession, and—with former editor in chief Max Read—conceived a Gawker-inspired scripted show called Scraper.


At Gawker, he took on 4chan trolls and chronicled Goatse—maybe don’t look that up—before exploring internet culture for The New Yorker as a staff writer. He’s since left the magazine and is now working on a book.


After playing key roles throughout Gawker Media—Jezebel editor in chief, managing editor of Gawker and Deadspin—Carmichael has written for Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas and, along with alum Leah Beckmann, was also working on Scraper before Apple pulled the plug.


Dropping gossip bombs on tech titans—such as “outing” Peter Thiel—Thomas put the industry on edge as Valleywag managing editor and has kept it in his sights while serving as an editor at Business Insider, the San Francisco Chronicle, and now Protocol.


As the founding editor in chief of Jezebel, she reinvented our idea of blogging. After three years at the helm, she held high-ranking editorial roles at Fusion and and now helps steer the Obamas’ empire as EVP/creative director at Higher Ground Productions.

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Media Release – September 24, 2021 – Guelph Police –



Home Invasion Investigation

On the morning of September 16th, 2021, three adult males and an adult female forced their way into an apartment in a residential building located near the intersection of Speedvale Avenue East and Stevenson Street North in the City of Guelph.

An adult male resident was struck with a firearm, and other weapons were brandished during this incident. The male resident and an adult female resident were ultimately able to lock themselves in a room and contact the Guelph Police Service for assistance. The three males and female fled on foot.

The male resident was transported to hospital, treated for his injuries and released.     

Police later located the three males inside another apartment in the building and they were subsequently arrested.

Through investigation, police identified the female involved and a warrant was issued.

This was a targeted incident and there is no concern for public safety. 

A 26 year old Guelph male has been charged with:
-Disguise With Intent
-Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 24th.

A 27 year old Guelph male has been charged with:
-Disguise With Intent
-Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence
-Use Firearm While Committing Offence
-Possession Of A Weapon For A Dangerous Purpose x2
-Breach Probation
-Fail To Comply With Judicial Release Order

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 24th.

A 33 year old Guelph male has been charged with:
-Disguise With Intent
-Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence
-Possession Of Weapon For A Dangerous Purpose
-Fail To Comply With Judicial Release Order

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 29th.

On September 23rd, just before 9:46am, police observed the female as a passenger in a motor vehicle driving near the intersection of Wellington Street West and Fife Road. A traffic stop was initiated, and an adult male driver fled the area on foot.

The female was subsequently arrested.

A search incident to arrest revealed 1.18 grams of Fentanyl.

Further investigation revealed that both the vehicle and the vehicle plates were stolen.

A 30 year old Guelph female has been charged with:
-Disguise With Intent
-Break, Enter And Commit Indictable Offence
-Use Firearm While Committing Offence
-Possession Of Weapon For A Dangerous Purpose
-Assault With A Weapon x2
-Breach Probation
-Fail To Comply With OIC Undertaking
-Possession Of A Controlled Substance – Schedule I
-Possession Of Stolen Property Under $5,000 x2

She was held in custody pending a bail hearing on September 24th.

Please note that police found a second adult female in the vehicle during the traffic stop. She was also subsequently arrested.

A 23 year old Guelph female has been charged with:
-Possession Of Stolen Property Under $5,000 x2

She will appear in court on January 14th, 2022.

The male who fled the vehicle on foot was not located.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Constable Jenifer Nadalin at 519-824-1212 ext. 7523, email her at, leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip online at

Road Rage Incident Leads To Weapon Charges

On September 23rd, 2021, just before 6:01pm, a road rage incident occurred between two adult male drivers, which lead to both males exiting their motor vehicles out front of a residence located near the intersection of Starwood Drive and Eastview Road in the City of Guelph. One of the males then pulled foldable knife out of his pocket, opened the blade and held it out in a threatening manner. He eventually left the area in his vehicle.

At 10:32pm, the male who had the knife turned himself into the Guelph Police Service station and was subsequently arrested.

A 29 year old Guelph male has been charged with:
-Assault With A Weapon
-Possession Of A Weapon For A Dangerous Purpose

He will appear in court on January 11th, 2022.

Motor Vehicle Collision Investigation

On September 23rd, 2021, just before 4:52pm, a collision occurred between two motor vehicles near the intersection of Dawson Road and Speedvale Avenue West in the City of Guelph. The collision resulted in minor injuries but significant damage to both vehicles.

Anyone with any dash camera footage in the area or any information at all is asked to contact Constable Lindsay Porterfield at 519-824-1212 ext. 7182, email her at, leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip online at

Stolen ATV

Some time between midnight and 8am on September 23rd, 2021, a shed in the backyard of a residence located near the intersection of Edinburgh Road South and Waterloo Avenue in the City of Guelph was entered. An ATV was then taken, as its key was left in the ignition.

However, the vehicle wasn’t in good working order and was difficult drive, so it was abandoned around the corner from the residence, and was recovered by police at 9am.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Constable Joshua van Breda at 519-824-1212 ext. 7417, email him at, leave an anonymous tip at CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip online at

The Guelph Police Service would like to encourage the public to never leave keys in the ignition of an unattended motor vehicle.

Multiple Motor Vehicle Collisions And Driving Complaints

Over the past 24 hours the Guelph Police Service received reports of 14 motor vehicle collisions and 11 driving complaints occurring throughout the City of Guelph.

The Guelph Police Service would like to encourage the public to slow down and follow the rules of the road in order to help ensure everyone arrives to their destination safely.

Calls for Service in the last 24 hours: 227

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Black Press Media Weekly Roundup: Top headlines this week – Summerland Review – Summerland Review



Good afternoon and happy Friday!

Before you start off your weekend full of sunshine, cooler weather and pumpkin patch adventures, catch up on some of this week’s news headlines from the Okanagan-Shuswap region.

Woman found dead at Highway 33 and Nickel Road in Kelowna

Kelowna RCMP launched an investigation after the body of a woman was found at Highway 33 and Nickel Road in the city.

Police said they don’t have much information surrounding the woman’s death or the cause of it, but the investigation is ongoing.

Fundraisers set up for family of Penticton murder victim

Fundraisers have been set up for a Penticton murder victim’s family.

Taig Savage’s mother, Tracey, previously lost two other children in a house fire. The goal of the fundraisers is to support her as she goes through losing a child in a tragic way for the third time.

One dead in Vernon shooting

One person died and another person was taken into police custody after a morning shooting in Vernon on Monday (Sept. 20).

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP said the victim and the man in custody are known to each other. As he is still in custody, police said there is no further threat to public safety.

Boaters want Shuswap Lake channel dredged but obstacles deter city

Boaters have been asking the City of Salmon Arm to dredge the channel that leads into Shuswap Lake, but the mayor and his staff say that the high costs and government requirements to dredge are keeping them from doing it.

Staff added that dredging is a temporary solution and has a short life span.

And that’s all for this week. Have yourself a good and safe weekend.


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Media Day hype, player rankings are clickbait | Pickaxe and Roll – Denver Stiffs



Ryan Blackburn shares his thoughts on the third day of player interviews for media week that included Aaron Gordon, Will Barton, Jeff Green, Austin Rivers, and Michael Porter Jr. in a stacked session. Gordon was chill, Barton was excited, Green was professional, Rivers was insightful, and Porter showed readiness to take the leap. Then, Ryan discusses the ESPN player rankings that are filtering out and what they had to say about the Nuggets and Nikola Jokić.

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