Gawker isn't gone, it’s up for auction. The person who drove the site into bankruptcy wants to buy it.
We're a group of former Gawker Media employees across editorial, tech, and business, and we want to put in our own bid to buy it back.
We believe the site can thrive in an entirely membership funded model.
The Gawker Foundation is a non-profit with a dual mission:
1.) Preserve the Gawker.com archives and make them accessible.
2.) Relaunch the site under the stewardship of former editors, new writers, and an entirely membership-funded model.
Many stories that Gawker began to pursue years ago are finally getting the widespread attention they deserve. Stories about Bill Cosby. Kevin Spacey. Louis CK. Harvey Weinstein. Terry Richardson. James Toback. Bill O'Reilly. Roger Ailes. Donald Trump.
Gawker was willing to chase stories that other outlets considered too risky or salacious. But the truth is often inconvenient, and Gawker's work isn't done. We want to dig deeper. By setting ourselves up as an ownerless, advertiser-less, non-profit media organization, the editorial team will be able to do what they do best.
More than a dozen Gawker Media alumni are involved in this project.
Many of them are otherwise employed and we can't disclose their names just yet, but we can tell you Gawker.com's Founding Editor Elizabeth Spiers is advising and will be joining the board of directors.
If we don't raise enough money to buy the site, we will preserve the archive and launch a new publication under a different name. We're bringing this back whether we have the Gawker URL or not.
So if you miss Gawker like we do and feel like supporting our mission, become a member, tell your friends, share this project, and send us your tips. We have work to do. For press or other inquiries, email email@example.com
Risks and challenges
If you haven't heard, independent and local media outlets are struggling financially right now, and an army of trolls, bad actors, and powerful people are hiding in the wings to snuff out any inconvenient stories and publications. This is the reality of media in 2017. Thankfully, the team behind The Gawker Foundation has decades of combined media experience across business, editorial, and technology. We're ready to run this site responsibly, transparently, and efficiently, with all funds raised going to pay for writers/editors, legal protection, and basic administration. By keeping a lean, distributed operation, we plan to stay in operation as long as readers are willing to support our work.
There's a risk that someone else buys the site and archives for their own financial gain or a desire to scrub the site from the internet entirely. We're prepared for that reality and have a contingency plan to preserve this historical record and resume doing the work that Gawker once did regardless of the outcome of the auction.
This work is inherently risky, that just comes with the territory. But you can make a difference by supporting The Gawker Foundation and sharing this project. With your help, we can save Gawker.com.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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