Founding Gawker editor Elizabeth Spiers will replace Kyle Pope as editor-in-chief of the New York Observer, the paper announced today on their website. Pope, formerly of Portfolio, took over in November 2009 after interim editor Tom McGeveran quit. McGeveran replaced longtime Observer editor ... More >>
Lock up ye editorial staffers! The Daily is trying to hire them if they haven't already. And if Papa Rupe doesn't come for 'em, Yahoo will. A New York Observer-er peaces out. Finally, the clearing out of some old items, the firing of some long-needed shots, and the media company you're most l ... More >>
Target audiences: they happen.The New York Observer hits the big time, getting a cameo on Gossip Girl. And who from their editorial staff was there? Gawker gets murked by some Taiwanese guys. Business Insider is making another hire. Speaking of which, Media Party Season has arrived, unless, o ... More >>
The New York Observer's star media reporter John Koblin left his post there a few weeks ago to work with longtime Observer editor-in-chief Peter Kaplan at Fairchild Publications as Womens Wear Daily's Memo Pad reporter. Culture editor Sara Vilkomerson left last week for a job with Entertainme ... More >>
We've just received unconfirmed word that New York Observer culture editor Sara Vilkomerson -- a longtime staffer at the paper -- is out.
We just got word that the New York Observer's star media reporter John Koblin has left the paper. This goes in line with rumors we were hearing that Koblin would be out following his yearly US Open coverage. If true, it's a bad day and huge loss for the paper. Know any more? Hit us up. Update ... More >>
Well, big media change: John Koblin was hired by longtime former New York Observer editor Peter Kaplan -- who is now the editorial director of Fairchild -- to go report on media for Women's Wear Daily. After being assured we were speaking with the actual Peter W. Kaplan (and not one of his ma ... More >>
It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt.Faced with the tragic and oh-so-meta news of the untimely demise of Jimi Heselden, the 62-year-old owner of the Segway company -- for whom things ended with a fall off a 30-foot cliff into a river while riding a Segway, we weren't sure how to rea ... More >>
Click to Enlarge.If you have no idea what the @CrankyKaplan or @Wise_Kaplan Twitter accounts are, or what the big deal with them is, well, here's a primer. And if you already do, well, you'll be excited to know....
Every Wednesday, a new issue of the New York Observer comes out. Why is this Wednesday different, though? Because today's the last day they'll be working out of 915 Broadway (between 20th and 21st St.), as they're making the move uptown to Times Square. Blech.
Yesterday, much to this blogger's shock, a Twitter account claiming to be much-revered former New York Observer editor Peter Kaplan made its presence known to me. This is funny, because I've closely followed two other iterations of Kaplan on Twitter, @CrankyKaplan and @WiseKaplan since early Marc ... More >>
Beloved New York Observer editors Tom McGeveran and Josh Benson left the paper late last year to go work on a secret, hush-hush project. This was after Jared Kushner -- the son of a disgraced Jersey real-estate scion and now Ivanka Trump's husband -- purchased the legendary pink paper (whose ... More >>
Yesterday, we took note of an AdAge article by Edmund Lee, and a fun kicker that was seemingly buried at the bottom: revered former New York Observer editor Peter Kaplan taking revered tech pundit Jeff Jarvis to task. And now, Jarvis has fired back.
Talk about burying the lede: AdAge just posted an article by Edmund Lee about Examiner.com, the web news traffic-gulag that sources out news stories to hundreds of inexperienced, amateur reporters (or "Examiners"), who then quickly write up Google-happy headlines and accompanying fluff that s ... More >>
What do the disembodied voices of sexxytime Jewish Guilt-lit author Philip Roth, Apple brain Steve Jobs, and southern lawyer-lit machine John Grisham have in common?
Peacing out: Joe Pompeo, managing editor of The New York Observer, leaving the pink paper for Business Insider. The news was broken by Observer media reporter Felix Gillette via Twitter. This comes in the wake of Clusterstock editor John Carney's firing, and the consequent shitshow (also acce ... More >>
Twitter roundups are dumb, cheap traffic, and have been done by everyone else plenty of times before. Which is why it's our turn! Meet I # NY, our new Twitter roundup that's going to blow your mind. Or just put together a bunch of either incredibly familiar or incredibly foreign New York-cent ... More >>
President Obama came down on the credit card companies. They're still trying to hang the socialist and elitist raps on him, but they don't seem to be sticking. Mayor Bloomberg got mad as hell about the MTA fare hike -- but didn't bother to tell his friends in Albany. His "Puppets for Educational ... More >>
The Observer is a class act, made by smart people for smart people, so naturally in recent years it's had some problems. But editor Peter Kaplan, with the paper since 1994, has been a steady presence -- as the Huffington Post called him, a patriarch -- and a counterweight to the paper's younger, mo ... More >>
Bush's bulge, poll fraud, and other rumors at the conspiracy-theory frontier