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Here are a few details about WNYC’s Gothamist revival (and one big question)

In some rare good news for local news, WYNC said Friday that it’s acquired and plans to relaunch Gothamist, which was abruptly shut down last fall after a successful union organizing effort with owner Joe Ricketts. The news, greeted with understandable glee by anyone invested in the digital local news ecosystem, has a lot of...

Gothamist unionized and its evil Trumpist billionaire owner shut it down; now public radio is bringing it back

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Last November, evil Trump-supporting billionaire Joe Ricketts shut down Gothamist (and its sister sites) to punish its staff for forming a union. (more…)

Gothamist, LAist, and DCist Will Return, Thanks to a Boost From Public Radio

Months after billionaire Joe Ricketts closed Gothamist and its affiliates, a group of non-profit radio stations is getting the band back together.

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.

Final Edition

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 […]

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

5 months 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 the combined newsroom of 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’

5 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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

5 months 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

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