Monday, March 12, 2018

DNA Info & Chicagoist could be under WBEZ in the future....

If you've been browsing around at DNA Info Chicago recently you might have noticed a message at the top as far as the archives. The message shows a link to this press release and was published on Feb. 23, 2018. If you want a quick sum up from Robert Feder blog last month.
Chicagoist, one of the online news sites that were shut down when billionaire Joe Ricketts killed DNAinfo last year, may be acquired by Chicago Public Media WBEZ FM 91.5. Public media stations in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., recently picked up the assets of Gothamist, LAist and DCist from Ricketts. Now WBEZ has been approached by WNYC about acquiring Chicagoist, including domain names, social media assets and archives. “Given WBEZ’s commitment to local journalism, as well as admiration for the work of these former outlets, WBEZ is actively exploring this possibility and determining how these assets might be used most effectively in keeping with the organization’s mission to serve the Chicago community,” Steve Edwards, vice president and chief content officer for Chicago Public Media, said in a statement.
If you don't remember in November last year, DNA Info and assorted Gothamist sites including Chicagoist were shut down by Joe Ricketts because the DNA Info newsroom in New York voted to unionize. Also just last year Gothamist merged with DNA Info and thus Chicagoist & DNA Info were shut down along with the other affiliated sites.

So hopefully the work of DNA Info and Chicagoist will ultimately be owned by Chicago's public radio affiliate. Perhaps both sites will be reborn whenever a deal will be worked about between Chicago & NYC public radio affiliates.

If this does happen where does this leave the efforts of BlockClubChi who hopes to start where DNA Info left off?

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