Maggie Shnayerson

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Maggie Shnayerson (born Margot Beahan Shnayerson June 20, 1981 in New York, NY) is an American journalist and blogger. She was an editor at Gawker Media's flagship site, and has written for TIME magazine, the New York Sun, and the New York Post. Before joining Gawker, Shnayerson was the public relations director for the Village Voice and the New York Sun.

While at Gawker, Shnayerson's coverage[1] of benefit cuts for freelancers working at media giant Viacom was credited by The Nation as having "helped instigate one of the most unlikely and successful labor campaigns of recent years."[2] On February 25, 2008, Shnayerson was fired via email[3] by Gawker Media publisher Nick Denton for failing to bring in enough page views under the company's new web traffic-based payment system.[4][5] Several other Gawker editors left the site shortly before Shnayerson's departure, citing the new compensation scheme among their reasons for doing so.[6][7]


Shnayerson is a graduate of Dartmouth College and attended The Brearley School and Holderness School. She's the daughter of the journalist and editor Robert Shnayerson, a former editor at TIME and of Harper's [8] magazine. She is also the sister of Vanity Fair journalist Michael Shnayerson.

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  1. ^ Gawker, Manhattan Media News and Gossip
  2. ^ Permalancers, Unite!
  3. ^ Maggie Shnayerson Out at Gawker | The New York Observer
  4. ^ Fresh Intelligence : Radar Online : Massive Gawker Turnover Continues Unabated
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Gawker and the Rage of the Creative Underclass - New York Magazine
  7. ^ Top Editor and Two Colleagues to Leave Media Blog Gawker - New York Times
  8. ^ Harper's Magazine, September 1971