Silicon Valley nerds having secret office sex can breathe a little easier today. Valleywag, Gawker Media’s year-old tech gossip blog, has dropped its 21-year-old editor, Nick Douglas, redesigned and shifted its mission from one of covering personal peccadillos toning down “the personal coverage of civilians, because they haven’t done anything to seek out attention” to more traditional, at least in a blog-sense, money stories.
This summer, Gawker admitted it lost a syndication with Yahoo, in part, because “Valleywag’s persecution of Lloyd Braun, head of Yahoo Media, probably cast a pall over the relationship.”
Gawkerdaddy Nick Denton who plucked Douglas from blogscrurity (and college) is filling in for Douglas until a new editor is found. (Denton’s last reporting gig was covering the Valley space.) And, in another surprise, they’re looking for someone with “old-media” experience.
An e-mail to Douglas seeking has yet to be returned. Gawker Media declined to comment.
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