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 cityfile.gawker.com.

City_2.15.jpg

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 mediabistro.com, 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.

Related Stories
Mediabistro Course

Social Media 201

Social Media 201Starting October 13Social Media 201 picks up where Social Media 101 left off, to provide you with hands-on instruction for gaining likes, followers, retweets, favorites, pins, and engagement. Social media experts will teach you how to make social media marketing work for your bottom line and achieving your business goals. Register now!