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Gothamist LLC was the operator, or in some cases , of eight city-centric websites that focused on news, events, food, culture, and other local coverage from 2003 to 2018. It was founded in 2003 by and Jen Chung. In March 2017, , owner of , acquired the company and, in November 2017, the websites were temporarily shut down after the newsroom staff voted to . In February 2018, it was announced that New York Public Radio, KPCC and had acquired Gothamist, LAist and DCist, respectively. Chicagoist was purchased by Chicago-born rapper Chance the Rapper in July 2018.


History

Early history and other blogs
The blog, Gothamist, focused on New York City, was founded in 2003, by publisher Jake Dobkin and editor Jen Chung. other blogs operated by the company include LAist (for ), DCist for Washington, D.C., Chicagoist, and SFist (for ) in the United States, as well as internationally.

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. In March 2011, Torontoist was acquired from Ink Truck Media by St. Joseph Media, magazine publishing division of Canadian media giant St. Joseph Communications. As a result the site was not affected by the Gothamist shutdown in 2017, and remained in operation until it was acquired by in 2019.

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

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


Shutdown
In 2017, Gothamist and all related blogs were sold to , owner of DNAinfo.com. After the acquisition, Gothamist expunged from its archives a number of stories that had covered Ricketts critically. 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. No one asked us to do it. It was a decision made solely by Jen Chung and me."

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. All content from all DNAinfo sites and all subsidiary sites were taken down. The next day, archives of the sites were returned to functionality. Ricketts's shutdown was criticized as being a mere act of retaliation after the two companies' workers had joined a union. 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 stuff."


Relaunch
On February 23, 2018, public radio stations , KPCC, and announced that they had jointly acquired Gothamist and its related sites LAist and DCist. Under the agreement, Gothamist and its sister sites would begin publishing news content again. Additionally, WNYC acquired the archives of Chicagoist and SFist, and Chicago's stated that they were exploring an acquisition of the former. WAMU relaunched DCist on June 11, 2018. Gothamist confirmed that Chance the Rapper acquired Chicagoist after he announced it in a new song, "I Might Need Security", on July 18, 2018.

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

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.


Awards
The flagship Gothamist blog has received a number of awards and commendations, including six nominations. It was named a " Favorite", and a "Best of the Web". See slide number 4 of 13 In 2007, Gothamist was named blog of the year by Wired magazine and given a Wired Rave Award.


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