Former Voice PR Director Canned By Gawker

By Joe Ciarallo Comment


We reported this past September that Village Voice Publicity Director Maggie Shnayerson left to become a media reporter at

Well, per the usual shelf life of a Gawker Media employee, Shnayerson is already gone, given the boot by Nick Denton. This leaves Sheila McClear as the only female Gawker staffer. Read the full email from Denton to Shnayerson, courtesy of Alley Insider, after the jump.

I’m afraid your stories are not performing well enough on Gawker, and I don’t see how you’re going to turn that around. Last month, you got about 400,000 pageviews; this month you’re at 160,000; even taking into account your break, that’s still far from satisfactory. You should be doing some 670,000 views a month to justify your advance. You’re a good writer, and your stories are fine; you just seem to wrestle with them for longer than we can afford. I don’t think you’re suited to the pace of Gawker.