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Type of siteGothamist_header_cell_0_0_0 News, cultureGothamist_cell_0_0_1
Available inGothamist_header_cell_0_1_0 English languageGothamist_cell_0_1_1
OwnerGothamist_header_cell_0_2_0 Gothamist LLCGothamist_cell_0_2_1
Created byGothamist_header_cell_0_3_0 Jake Dobkin, Jen ChungGothamist_cell_0_3_1
URLGothamist_header_cell_0_4_0 Gothamist_cell_0_4_1
LaunchedGothamist_header_cell_0_5_0 2003; 17 years ago (2003)Gothamist_cell_0_5_1
Current statusGothamist_header_cell_0_6_0 ActiveGothamist_cell_0_6_1

Gothamist LLC was the operator, or in some cases franchisor, of eight city-centric websites that focused on news, events, food, culture, and other local coverage. Gothamist_sentence_0

It was founded in 2003 by Jake Dobkin and Jen Chung. Gothamist_sentence_1

In March 2017, Joe Ricketts, owner of DNAinfo, acquired the company and, in November 2017, the websites were temporarily shut down after the newsroom staff voted to unionize. Gothamist_sentence_2

In February 2018, it was announced that WNYC, KPCC and WAMU had acquired Gothamist, LAist and DCist, respectively. Gothamist_sentence_3

Chicagoist was purchased by Chicago-born rapper Chance the Rapper in July 2018. Gothamist_sentence_4

History Gothamist_section_0

Early history and other blogs Gothamist_section_1

The namesake blog, Gothamist, focused on New York City, was founded in 2003, by publisher Jake Dobkin and editor Jen Chung. Gothamist_sentence_5

As of June 2014 other blogs operated by the company include LAist (for Los Angeles), DCist for Washington, D.C., Chicagoist, and SFist (for San Francisco) in the United States, as well as Shanghaiist internationally. Gothamist_sentence_6

Canadian blog Torontoist was launched by the American company, but was transferred to the locally-owned Ink Truck Media in April 2009, while retaining its "-ist" name and remaining affiliated with the Gothamist network. Gothamist_sentence_7

In March 2011, Torontoist was acquired from Ink Truck Media by St. Joseph Media, magazine publishing division of Canadian media giants St. Gothamist_sentence_8 Joseph Communications. Gothamist_sentence_9

As a result the site was not affected by the Gothamist shutdown in 2017, and remained in operation until it was acquired by Daily Hive in 2019. Gothamist_sentence_10

In a similar fashion, in 2010 Londonist was transferred to the London-based startup LDN Creative. Gothamist_sentence_11

An estimate by in 2015 quoted the monthly revenue from Gothamist at $110,000. Gothamist_sentence_12

Shutdown Gothamist_section_2

In 2017, Gothamist and all related blogs were sold to Joe Ricketts, owner of Gothamist_sentence_13

After the acquisition, Gothamist expunged from its archives a number of stories that had covered Ricketts critically. Gothamist_sentence_14

Regarding the removal of Ricketts related content from the site, Dobkin told Jezebel, “Just as Bloomberg doesn’t cover Bloomberg, we don’t plan to cover Joe Ricketts and so we decided to take down our coverage of him. Gothamist_sentence_15

No one asked us to do it. Gothamist_sentence_16

It was a decision made solely by Jen [Chung] and me.” Gothamist_sentence_17

On November 2, 2017, Ricketts posted to both DNAinfo and the "-ist" network sites that both websites would immediately cease operations, a week after Gothamist writers voted to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East. Gothamist_sentence_18

All content from all DNAinfo sites and all subsidiary sites were taken down. Gothamist_sentence_19

The next day, archives of the sites were returned to functionality. Gothamist_sentence_20

Ricketts's shutdown was criticized as being a mere act of retaliation after the two companies' workers had joined a union. Gothamist_sentence_21

In the aftermath of the shutdown, laid-off reporters for Gothamist stated that former owners Jake Dobkin and Jen Chung actively cooperated with Ricketts to discourage the union efforts, “It was textbook union-busting stuff.” Gothamist_sentence_22

Relaunch Gothamist_section_3

On February 23, 2018, public radio stations WNYC, KPCC, and WAMU announced that they had jointly acquired Gothamist and its related sites LAist and DCist. Gothamist_sentence_23

Under the agreement, Gothamist and its sister sites would begin publishing news content again. Gothamist_sentence_24

Additionally, WNYC acquired the archives of Chicagoist and SFist, and Chicago's WBEZ stated that they were exploring an acquisition of the former. Gothamist_sentence_25

WAMU relaunched DCist on June 11, 2018. Gothamist_sentence_26

Gothamist confirmed that Chance the Rapper acquired Chicagoist after he announced it in a new song, "I Might Need Security", on July 18, 2018. Gothamist_sentence_27

On January 7, 2019, labor union SAG-AFTRA and WNYC announced that they had reached an agreement to recognize more than 25 digital employees of New York Public Radio, including Gothamist staff. Gothamist_sentence_28

Impress3 Media bought the San Francisco blog site, SFist, in January 2019 and relaunched it the following month with the former editor-in-chief as a consultant. Gothamist_sentence_29

Awards Gothamist_section_4

The flagship Gothamist blog has received a number of awards and commendations, including six Bloggies nominations. Gothamist_sentence_30

It was named a "Forbes Favorite", and a BusinessWeek "Best of the Web". Gothamist_sentence_31

In 2007, Gothamist was named blog of the year by Wired magazine and given a Wired Rave Award. Gothamist_sentence_32

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