Gawker Media Acquires Cityfile; Gawker Editor-in-Chief Gabriel Snyder Out

After growing his blog network from the inside since 2002, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton made his first acquisition today, Cityfile, a news and information guide about New York City’s boldface names. Cityfile is already directing users to


MediaDecoder reports a price was not disclosed.

Remy Stern
, who founded Cityfile and once wrote for Gawker Media sites, becomes editor-in-chief of Gawker. Gabriel Snyder, on the job for 16-months, is leaving.

WebNewser has learned Stern had been talking with other potential suitors, including WebMediaBrands, which operates, the publisher of the blog you’re reading right now.

The Awl’s Choire Sicha, also a former Gawker writer/editor, has two internal memos, one from Denton and this one from Snyder:

Honesty is Gawker’s only virtue, so it seems inappropriate to engage in the usual corporate euphemisms of “wanting to explore new new opportunities” or “take a larger role in the company” or “spend more time with my family” (though eighteen-hour days and seven-day work weeks do take their toll on personal relationships), so I’ll put this as plainly as we’d report any other masthead ouster: I am being canned.

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