Gawker New M.E. Wants Spiked, er UnSpiked Material

Gawker’s new editorial managing editor Gabriel Snyder has put out a call to all newspaper and magazine employees for spiked material, or in other words, articles that didn’t quite make the cutgawker.jpg.

While packing for his move from the Left Coast back to NYC, Snyder put out an email to all journo contacts he could find. (See below)

Good way for an editor to enter. With articles in tow.


As some of you probably know, I will be joining Gawker as managing editor in a couple weeks. I’m in the midst of moving from L.A. to New York, but before I go, I wanted to let you know about an open call for submissions on the site.

We just started a series called the Unspiked Files in which writers can see long-lost stories which got spiked by a magazine or newspaper (and you weren’t able to sell elsewhere) finally see the day of light. Here is the post that introduced the feature:

http://gawker.com/5060037/the-unspiked-files

We’ve had two so far in the series: a recent interview with Alec Baldwin that ran in truncated form in the LAT, and a lengthy feature that Rolling Stone killed in 1999 about the suicide of a computer whiz born into Scientology.

http://gawker.com/5060767/the-reflections-of-a-bitter-man
http://gawker.com/5061091/death-of-a-nethead

There’s no pay involved, only Internet glory. (Oh, and some self-promotion from a well-trafficked site: we can link to your personal web site, your book on Amazon, etc.) Both of those stories received more than 12,000 views in the first few days they were published.

So, if there’s a spiked story that’s sitting somewhere on your hard drive that deserves public recognition, please let me know. Also, feel free to pass this on to any other freelancing friends who you think may be interested.