Philadelphia magazine is ceasing publication of new material on Birds 24/7, effective today. The archives will remain online.
We would like to thank the current editors, Josh Paunil and Brandon Gowton, for their hard work and dedication; we wish them well in their next endeavors. We’d also like to recognize the founding editors, Tim McManus and Sheil Kapadia, and the commenters, who made the channel a real community over the past four and a half years.
Birds 24/7 was started a few years ago by Tim McManus and Sheil Kapadia, both of whom have gone on to work for ESPN, and was currently staffed by Brandon Lee Gowton and Josh Paunil, who have done a decent job of picking up where McManus and Kapadia left off.
Anecdotally, Birds 24/7 routinely had the top stories in the most popular section on Philly Mag’s sidebar, so it’s not like they weren’t performing. Even as I write this, they have the number one story on the site. And they were certainly producing good content.
Like most things in media, this likely had something to do with money. But usually the things to get cut are the expensive, long-form pieces that don’t generate clicks. Again, the Eagles posts seemed to be among the most popular on the site.
Here’s the email sent to the staff by Philly Mag (Metrocorp) chairman David Lipson: Continue Reading