The amazing news is true—Gothamist is returning! https://t.co/rU1yg8I51m— Gothamist (@Gothamist) February 23, 2018
In a deal largely funded by two anonymous donors, WNYC is acquiring the news site Gothamist, including its archives, domain name and social media assets. The move comes as part of a larger deal involving two other public radio stations and Gothamist's network of local news sites. KPCC in Pasadena, Calif., will take over LAist, while WAMU in Washington will acquire DCist.
"For more than a decade, Gothamist served as a source of trusted local news," New York Public Radio president and CEO Laura Walker said in a press release. "That resonates with us at WNYC, where we are committed to telling stories rooted in New York and that matter to New Yorkers. As we’ve seen a decline in local journalism in even the largest metropolitan areas across the country, even at a time when it’s so vital, we remain committed to strong, independent reporting that fills the void."
Per Wired, the deal was spearheaded by Gothamist founders Jake Dobkin and Jen Chung, who will start publishing again this spring.
DNAinfo, however, will not be returning. Its archives will live on.
Publisher Joe Ricketts abruptly shut down Gothamist and DNAinfo last Nov. 2.
Find more details in the post at Splinter titled The Many Questions Surrounding the Revival of Gothamist.
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Updated: Joe Ricketts just shut down Gothamist and DNAinfo (46 comments)