That's fine. His company, his choice. But look - this site has 0 percent diversity. None. Zero. Zip. In an industry where women are literally being threatened out of our homes due to misogynistic culture - Giant Bomb is the most egregious example of a journalist enterprise not caring about diversity.
Want to hear black voices? Giant Bomb chooses not to hire them.
Want to hear women's voices? Giant Bomb chooses not to hire them.
Want to hear gay voices? Giant Bomb chooses not to hire them.
Want to hear Hispanic voices? Giant Bomb chooses not to hire them.
Want to hear transgender voices? Giant Bomb chooses not to hire them.
This is an industry with a really terrible track record of diversity. And, Giant Bomb's choices make it poster child of not caring about diversity. His company, his choice - but I'm known for advocating women in this field. And Giant Bomb doesn't get a pass just because they are good guys.
Their decision to keep their heads in the sand on issues affecting women DEVASTATES their credibility of being allies to women, especially with Samantha.
Don't get me wrong, I totally wish Giant Bomb had all the funds in the world to hire to their heart's content, bring in all these voices, and have this place just be overflowing with awesome fucking content.
I guess, personally, I just don't begrudge them because to all the world it seems that they were only able to get the go-ahead for new hires after the tragic passing of a coworker and their senior video producer moving to New York. :(
I personally think the question of GB's hirings should be directed to CBSi or whatever company they've outsourced their selection process to. No offense, but one of the downsides of having access more corporate funds and resources means that you're beholden to that company's hiring procedure.
Dan was a friend of Jeff's, appearing during the E3 podcasts and monthly on the Powerbombcast and Jason was a coworker of Dan's. I got to believe CBSi HR didn't make the decision for GB. I can understand Samantha's disappointment. Unless you're part of the boys' club, how can you network in the same way? This is how women and people of color get shut out of this industry and many others. It's not conscious, just people in power having someone they know in mind for a limited number of positions. I frankly would have loved to see Holly Green hired. She's hilarious on twitter.
I think it's more likely that some HR person, maybe inhouse, maybe outsourced, looked at Dan's and Jason's resume and thought "These guys are perfect": Worked at Game Informer, has video experience, has review experience, and consequently put them in a pile of likely candidates and forwarded the list to Jeff.
What you're proposing is possible, but hiring decisions for GB thus far Ryan = friend of Jeff going back before Ryan worked at Gamespot. Alex = friend of Jeff before Alex worked at GameSpot, Brad = interned and later worked at GameSpot, Vinny = coworker at GameSpot, Rory = worked at GameSpot Patrick = reached out to Jeff over twitter about news position. Dan = friend and podcast cohost, Jason = coworker of Dan. I guess some female journalists should start buddying around with Jeff.