Apparently Tracie has been removed and/or stepped down from the EIC role at Broadly:
In June, Broadly staffers complained to their union and Vice H.R. about Morrissey’s aggressive management style and off-color jokes. (For example, she once suggested that her employees should be able to feign enthusiasm for their jobs because they had faked orgasms with their boyfriends.) Following the complaints, Morrissey went on a 30-day paid leave from the company, which was later extended. Vice characterized the leave to Broadly employees as a “cool down period.”
I think this is an interesting companion to piece to Max’s article about what went wrong at Gawker, and our conversations about AJ. To me the common thread I’d tease out of it is that the brash, juvenile, knee-jerkness attitudes that seem to have been fostered at the Gawker brands are, shockingly, untranslatable into upper level positions where good management and leadership needs people who are smart, considerate, and adult(ish), at least in order to function in the long term. You can grown out of being a jag, but only if your surroundings don’t enable you to remain wallowing in that mindset for a long time.
I feel like we’re reaching a point in New Media/Digital Media where the medium is maturing and quickly we’re going to look back on this era with disbelief that anyone would put people like AJ or Cat Marnell (over at xoJane) in charge of anything, at least with the thought it would work out in the long term.
I don’t really talk about what I do professionally, but I train journalists, and we spend a lot of time talking about digital media and trends within the industry. What we’re seeing here (and in the US) is that lots of publishers were in love with ‘clicks’ for a long time, but are slowly waking up to the understanding that clicks don’t matter in the long run, good content does. So that’s why you see places like Buzzfeed producing good, long form and/or investigative journalism alongside their clickbait. Clickbait pays the bills, but the good content is going to be what carries them forward. This is what Gawker tried to do in fits and starts (they did produce some great stories and some excellent series — I think HamNo’s unemployment series was fantastic and important), but either never fully committed to, or never bothered to bring the right leadership on board to handle it.