ICYMI: Public Radio Revives Gothamist for Spring Launch

Posted on: February 26th, 2018 at 5:02 am by

Guess the post-ist world has it, after all. Gothamist is returning to the front page.

In case you missed the news on Friday afternoon, a consortium of public radio stations revived the suite of national “ist” blogs, which should come back online this spring. WNYC announced the Gothamist acquisition, which includes the archives, domain name, and social media assets. The nonprofit purchased the properties from DNAinfo, whose billionaire owner, Joe Ricketts, had acquired and subsequently shut down the sites last November due to staff unionizing.

The deal was largely funded by two anonymous donors.

Meanwhile, KPCC in Pasadena, California, took over LAist, and WAMU in Washington acquired 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 public statement.”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.”

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