R.I.P. Gawker, 2002-2016

Gawker.com will shut down at the end of next week, the website reported Thursday.

Over more than a decade, the pioneering website produced a cadre of talented writers and editors, oodles of attention-grabbing scoops, became the scourge of the Manhattan media scene and a magnet for lawsuits.

It sometimes drew attention — and derision from established media — for stories that veered toward the stuff of tabloids, such as a 2015 story about a Condé Nast executive allegedly soliciting a male escort.

The site was ultimately driven to bankruptcy by lawsuits brought by lawyer Charles Harder and bankrolled by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, who waged a covert legal war against the site's parent company.

Gawker's sister sites, Jezebel, Jalopnik, i09 and Deadspin, among others, may continue to live on under the ownership of Univision, which this week purchased Gawker Media for $135 million. The role of founder Nick Denton remains unclear in a Univision-owned Gawker Media.

In the wake of today's announcement, journalists working at Gawker Media and elsewhere reacted to the pending closure on Twitter.

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    Benjamin Mullin

    Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of Poynter.org. He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism innovation, business practices and ethics.


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