Hi! I've just been fired from Deadspin for not sticking to sports."
"Just now I resigned my position at Deadspin today along with many of my colleagues. I have been here only five months but they have been some of the best of my career and I will miss it deeply."
"I just quit my dream job at Deadspin. The last 11 months were the best I've ever had, and working with the smartest writers on the internet was a privilege."
"I resigned from Deadspin this morning. That was a fun time you and me had there all those years, wasn't it? Let's do it again sometime"
Those are just some of the tweets former Deadspin staffers sent out in late October after their bosses at G/O Media fired interim editor-in-chief Barry Petchesky. The sites last editor-in-chief, Megan Greenwell, left in August because, as she wrote in a blog, the "ongoing undermining from (her) bosses made it impossible for (her) to continue to succeed in (her) job."
As The Daily Beast reported, a leaked memo revealed G/O Media editorial director Paul Maidment telling employees, "To create as much great sports journalism as we can requires a 100% focus of our resources on sports. And it will be the sole focus. Deadspin will write only about sports and that which is relevant to sports in some way ... Where such subjects touch on sports, they are fair game for Deadspin. Where they do not, they are not. We have plenty of other sites that write about politics, pop culture, the arts, and the rest, and they're the appropriate place for such work."
That didn't sit well with the editorial staff. After Petchesky was ousted, it didn't take long for others to follow him out the door. Maidment himself resigned shortly after. Now without any writers and editors, Deadspin seems to be without any new content, and without any new content, there is no website, right? As of press time, the site was still up, but for how long?
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