Writers at Jezebel are putting again at G/O Media after the corporate determined to close down the feminist information web site and layoff its staff.
The writers, who’re members of Writers Guild of America East, stated they’re “devastated although hardly stunned” on the choice, citing CEO Jim Spanfeller’s “incapability to run our web site.” The writers additionally lay the blame on G/O Media, which owns Jezebel and different websites together with Gizmodo and the Onion, and its reliance on an ad-supported media mannequin.
“We’re devastated although hardly stunned at G/O Media and Jim Spanfeller’s incapability to run our web site and their merciless choice to shutter it. Jezebel has been a pillar of fearless journalism and necessary cultural commentary since 2007 and made an indelible mark on the media panorama. The closure of Jezebel additionally underscores elementary flaws within the ad-supported media mannequin the place issues about “model security” restrict monetizing content material in regards to the greatest, most necessary tales of the day—tales that create large visitors as a result of individuals learn and share them. A well-run firm would have moved away from an promoting mannequin, however as an alternative they’re shuttering the model fully due to their strategic and industrial ineptitude. Jezebel was a very good web site,” the assertion reads.
Personal Fairness agency Nice Hill Companions acquired the Gizmodo Media Group from Univision in 2019, along with The Onion. Univision had initially acquired the previous Gawker Media publications for $135 million in August 2016.
G/O Media Inc. was fashioned from the sale and in addition contains Deadspin, Lifehacker and The Root. Spanfeller was appointed to run the group, which later acquired Quartz. The corporate had been attempting to promote Jezebel as of final month, in keeping with media experiences.