Media mélange

Aug 18, 2016

This just in on the media beat: Gawker's flagship site will go dark next week. "Sure, Gawker wrote a lot of garbage but it was punctuated by world-changing and often doc-based scoops," posits WaPo's Erik Wemple. "Taking this moment to remember that @Gawker and @tomscocca launched one of the most enjoyable debates of our time," CNN's Dylan Byers reminds everyone.

Mother Jones wants you to know that this is what's missing from journalism right now: readers willing to support substantive, investigative reporting where the biggest cost is time. "Journalism's problem in one equation: @MotherJones' prison investigation cost $350K but only made $5K in ad revenue," points out Chicago Tribune's Kurt Gessler. So how to fill in the blanks? ".@ClaraJeffery and I have spent our lives in journalism. We want to help save it. This may be our best shot," reveals MJ's Monika Bauerlein. Put more plainly, Atlas Obscura's Reyhan Harmanci recommends, "Just set up recurring donation. Worth it."

Sadly, it looks as if the New York Times is putting an end to its NYT Now mobile app. "Filed Under Everything I Love Dies," laments Newsweek's Margarita Noriega.

Wired just made its first-ever endorsement -- of "optimism!" And by that, they mean Hillary Clinton. Americans have a lot to lose, whereas the "person who has the least to lose is Trump, who has a long history of walking away relatively unscathed from things he’s destroyed," argues Scott Dadich there, although Gizmodo's William Turton counters, "this is pretty weird for a lot of reasons but mostly because HRC's tech policy is bad/barely defined."

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