New York Public Radio and WNYC’s revival of Gothamist, the beloved New York news site which was abruptly shut down last November, has been framed as a rare victory for local journalism. In a Tuesday essay on WNYC, NYPR president Laura Walker cloaked a fundraising plea for the project in Churchillian language. “NYPR and Gothamist Are on a Mission to Save Local News,” the headline read. It was followed by more than 1,100 words professing the civic need for street-level reporting on New York. “When Gothamist was abruptly shut down last November,” Walker wrote, “you could almost hear the city cry out.” But something was missing. There was not a single mention of Gothamist’s sister site, DNAinfo, which built its own legacy of hyperlocal reporting and was also shut down last November, but is not being resurrected. “It must have been actually kind of difficult to write this whole thing WITHOUT mentioning DNAinfo, you know?” tweeted Rachel Holliday Smith, a former DNAinfo staffer. Other former colleagues shared similar outrage. “Acquiring an aggregation machine and casting it as an investment in ‘fact-checked reporting’ is like pointing to the lettuce on a hamburger and calling it a salad,” groused former DNAinfo editor in chief John Ness…. Read full this story
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