G/O Media, the publisher whose brands include The
Onion, Jezebel and Deadspin, plans to hire 30 employees as part of a workforce expansion that started in the fourth quarter. It has more than 20 job openings after adding about
80 employees last year, according to a company announcement.
The hiring plans arrive nine months after the company cut 14 people, or 5% of staff, as part of a small
reported at the time. Since then, the company hired Mike Dugan away from Hearst Magazines as Chief Technology Officer and John Biggs as editor in chief of Gizmodo
, among other additions.
“Like many others
across the digital landscape, our second and third quarters were a tight race to hit budgets," Brian Kelly, CRO of G/O, stated. "However, since mid-Q3, we've started to see a dramatic increase in
revenue across the business. We remain optimistic given our partner conversations that this trend will continue and gain momentum.”
G/O touted its efforts to diversify
its workforce, which has become a bigger priority for many companies after last year's protests against systemic racism and police violence after the killing of George Floyd. JPMorgan Chase & Co.,
Netflix Inc., Walmart Inc. and other companies pledged to invest more than $35 billion toward racial equity in the next five years, The Wall Street Journal reported
According to G/O's tabulation, 63% of current staff and 51% of managers are diverse, including 69% of new hires since July 16, 2019. Almost half of the media company's
staff is female.
G/O Media didn’t return a request for comment.
G/O's announcement about hiring comes a year and a half after Megan Greenwell,
the first female editor in chief of Deadspin
, left after clashes with management. The company fired Barry Petchesky, interim editor in chief of the sports site, for refusing to follow orders
to focus solely on sports. More than a dozen Deadspin
staffers quit in protest
, and later formed startup Defector Media