WNYC and two anonymous donors (hopefully not right-wing trolls this time) are making it happen.
Ricketts announced the shuttering of local news organizations Gothamist and DNAInfo last fall, readers across the country mourned the loss of the beloved sites, and worried about the vulnerability of journalism in the digital age.
Now, a consortium of public radio stations, including WNYC in New York, WAMU in Washington DC, and KPCC in Southern California, has banded together to bring some of those sites back from the dead. The three stations are acquiring the assets of Gothamist and some of its associated sites, including LAist, DCist, and DNAInfo. The deal was spearheaded by Gothamist founders Jake Dobkin and Jen Chung, and is being funded by two anonymous donors who have contributed an undisclosed sum to acquire the brands. As part of the deal, the archives of both sites will remain online. Gothamist, led by Dobkin and Chung, will begin publishing new stories this spring…
The details of the integration are still being ironed out. Initially, WNYC plans to run Gothamist as a parallel site, seeded with stories by Chung, members of the WNYC staff, and eventually, a mix of new hires and former Gothamist writers interested in getting the band back together. “We’re going to be trying to rebuild the newsroom,” Chung says. Because the size of the donation is still private, it’s unclear just how large the budget for hiring is.
The amazing news is true—Gothamist is returning! https://t.co/rU1yg8I51m
— Gothamist (@Gothamist) February 23, 2018
— WNYC 🎙 (@WNYC) February 23, 2018