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The Story Behind the Unjust Shutdown of Gothamist and DNAinfo

Anna Heyward writes about the unionizing efforts at the local-news Web Gothamist and DNAinfo, and their eventual closure by their owner, Joe Ricketts.

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Last week, Joe Ricketts, the billionaire founder of TD Ameritrade and patriarch of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs, shut down the local news sites DNAInfo and Gothamist. Ricketts’ decision to shutter his sites—which had editions...Show More Summary

Dinesh D'Souza Patron Joe Ricketts Shuts Down Local News Sites After They Unionize

Given the popularity of Ayn Rand within the plutocrat class, I suspect that billionaire Joe Ricketts would describe what he did yesterday as "going Galt": A week ago, reporters and editors in the combined newsroom of DNAinfo and Gothamist,...Show More Summary

DNAinfo failed to make local news profitable. How does Patch make it possible?

Joe Ricketts may have shut down hyperlocal news site DNAinfo last week in a fit of pique over his New York City employees’ decision to unionize, but he was also playing a losing game. The site... To view the full story, click the title link.

Billionaire Scraps News Sites That Voted to Unionize

Billionaire TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts on Thursday announced the shuttering of DNAinfo, a superlative local site in New York City and Chicago, and the Gothamist family of local urban websites with editions in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, as the New York Times reported. Show More Summary

Billionaire Trump donor puts 115 people out of work after some joined a union

Last week, writers at the news sites DNAinfo and Gothamist joined a union. This week, the sites’ Trump-supporting billionaire owner, Joe Ricketts, shut them down, putting 115 people out of work. Ricketts, who deleted negative coverage of himself when he acquired the Gothamist properties in March, has threatened to shut down the site in the past if the […]

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2 weeks agoMusic / Indie Music : Stereogum

The NYC media landscape is reeling after Gothamist and DNAinfo were unceremoniously shut down yesterday by their billionaire owner Joe Ricketts. Those of us who live in New York read those two sites regularly, and we're definitely going to be a lot less informed on the goings on about town now. It's hard out here…

PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS CORRECT: ELECTIONS DO HAVE CONSEQUENCES. A week ago, reporters and editors in t…

PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS CORRECT: ELECTIONS DO HAVE CONSEQUENCES. A week ago, reporters and editors in the combined newsroom of www.dnainfo.com and Gothamist voted to join a union. On Thursday, they lost their jobs, as Joe Ricketts, the billionaire founder of TD Ameritrade who owned the sites, shut them down. The owner’s logic is unfathomable to the […]

The risk of billionaire-funded media, the importance of archiving, and other takeaways from the demise of DNAInfo and Gothamist

What billionaires giveth, billionaires can taketh away. DNAinfo and Gothamist, two popular local news networks, were abruptly shutdown last night, just a week after employees of companies voted to unionize. Billionaire Joe Ricketts, who launched DNAInfo in 2009 and acquired Gothamist last year, wrote that while the two sites had accomplished much over the years...

Mayor de Blasio calls Joe Ricketts a 'coward’

2 weeks agoNews : NY Daily News

Mayor de Blasio blasted the billionaire owner of two local news sites over his decision to abruptly shut them down Thursday.

Billionaire Owner Shuts Down DNAinfo, Gothamist Sites A Week After Workers Unionize

2 weeks agoNews : The Two-Way

Joe Ricketts, TD Ameritrade founder and Chicago Cubs owner, created DNAinfo in 2009 to cover neighborhood news in New York and Chicago. "But DNAinfo is, at the end of the day, a business," he wrote.

Gothamist unionizes, Trumpist billionaire owner throws a tantrum and shuts it down

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Joe Ricketts, Trumpist founder of TD Ameritrade and owner of DNAinfo (which acquired Gothamist and the other -ist) sites, has shut down all Gothamist and related properties following a unionization vote by his employees. (more…)

Gothamist, DNAinfo blogs abruptly shut down after union vote

2 weeks agoNews : USAToday: News

Joe Ricketts, the billionaire owner, had been vocal about dislike for union efforts.        

DNAinfo and Gothamist have shut down just days after unionizing

Every single article from local news sites DNAinfo and Gothamist–including all of their subsidiary sites–has been taken down and replaced with a message from their owner, Joe Ricketts, informing the public that both companies are shutting down. Show More Summary

Ridiculously rich man shuts down DNAinfo and Gothamist after employees unionize

Billionaire Joe Ricketts has thrown a temper tantrum so big he shut his own company down.  Ricketts—the founder of Ameritrade, whose children own the Chicago Cubs, and whose wealth is estimated at around $2.1 billion—closed down local...Show More Summary

Gothamist And DNAinfo Shut Down After Writers Vote To Unionize

2 weeks agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

If you go to Gothamist, DNAinfo, or any of their associated websites right now, you'll see this message from the CEO Joe Ricketts: As the New York Times has reported, this closure comes just one week after the writers of...

What Happens When a Trump-Supporting, Anti-Union Billionaire Runs a Media Company

2 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

This isn't about that little ol' unionizing thing, is it Joe? by Amber Cortes Joe Ricketts: Pro-Trump, pro-profit, and anti-union. KRIS CONNOR VIA GETTY IMAGES In a move so sudden, it shocked the journalists who were working there, billionaire...Show More Summary

A billionaire Trump donor just shut down a chain of beloved local publications without warning

Joe Ricketts, a billionaire who has donated to Donald Trump and Republicans, shut down his network of local news websites without warning on Thursday. He shut down the publications after two of them attempted to unionize. Joe Ricketts,...Show More Summary

DNAinfo and Gothamist Websites Abruptly Shut Down

A suite of local news websites, including one launched by TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, abruptly shut down Thursday, a week after its New York journalists voted to unionize.

Billionaire Joe Ricketts Shuts Down Gothamist And DNAinfo, Deletes Their Archives After Writers Unionize

2 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

The New York Times reports: A week ago, reporters and editors in the combined newsroom of DNAinfo and Gothamist, two of New York City’s leading digital purveyors of local news, celebrated victory in their vote to join a union. On Thursday,...Show More Summary

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