Local news site DCist is coming back after acquisition by WAMU

Local news site DCist is coming back after acquisition by WAMU

Public radio stations in Los Angeles, Washington and NY and two anonymous donors will revive three websites formerly part of the Gothamist Network, abruptly closed this past fall by their billionaire owner.

The deal to revive the sites was driven by Gothamist's founders, Jake Dobkin and Jen Chung, Wired reports.

On Friday, public radio stations announced the revival of at least three of the blogs.

Mr. Chao declined to identify the anonymous donors but said their contributions were made through grants. "That resonates with us at WNYC, where we are committed to telling stories rooted in NY and that matter to New Yorkers".

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The acquisition, funded in large part by two anonymous donors, includes the story archives, internet domains, and social media assets from Gothamist and DNAinfo, the neighborhood news service founded by billionaire Joe Ricketts, who serves as DNAinfo's chief executive officer.

NY radio station WNYC revealed this morning that it recently acquired Gothamist, a local news site that was abruptly shut down last November.

"WAMU connects Washingtonians with each other and the world, and DCist will enhance our coverage of the region and expand our digital reach", said JJ Yore, general manager of WAMU in a statement on WAMU's site. "I'm proud that SCPR could be part of this innovative effort".

The purchase represents an abrupt reversal of fortune for the websites, which were shut down in November by Mr. Ricketts, who cited financial reasons.

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A KPCC spokesman said in an e-mail that the station hopes to have original and compelling content on the LAist website in the very near future.

The decision put 115 journalists out of work, The New York Times reported at the time. Without going into details of the transaction, he said each public radio station had some "skin in the game". From its state-of-the-art studios, WNYC is reshaping audio for a new generation of listeners, producing some of the most-loved nationally-syndicated public radio programs including Radiolab, On the Media, The Takeaway and Snap Judgment. Chung and WNYC staff will write content for it and at some point, new hires and possibly previous Gothamist staff members will join the team.

"For more than a decade, Gothamist served as a source of trusted local news".

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