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Jessica Coen's Gawker

As @Clio shared over from Joel Johnson's Kinja last week and has been in the rumor mill for a while, Jessica Coen is stepping down from Jezebel, the Gawker Media blog she has edited since taking over from its founder in 2010.

I assume there will be some types of tribute on Jezebel in the near future, but because it might get lost in the shuffle and I still feel some affinity for Gawker on behalf of Crosstalk, I thought that I'd take a few minutes to link out her firsts and lasts for that blog, as much as they could be identified.


It was pretty easy to find her last Gawker post before leaving its editorship at the end of October in 2006 and the one from the month prior announcing her departure using the epoch. It was also fairly simple to find her first bylined post from Aug 20, 2004 and that was the month she took over as editor when Choire Sicha became Editorial Director (Joel's current position), but that is really just the day she switched from posting as gawker.com (@mark is Defamer) and her actual first post was a few days prior.

The title is in reference to Choire's IMterview with her which preceded it in the timeline.

Unrelated to Jessica's departure, other than the timeframe and language causing me to think she wrote it, but this post pointing toward an interview with Tom Scocca conducted by A.J. Daulerio on his old BlackTable blog is just too insidery to pass-up.


Good luck to Jessica. It will be interesting to see what she chooses to do.

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