Feminist publication Jezebel is shutting down after 16 years, its father or mother firm G/O Media introduced in a memo to staff Thursday. The media group stated it is usually shedding 23 staff, together with the employees of Jezebel, throughout its digital platforms.
“As of this week we’re making the very, very troublesome determination to droop publication of Jezebel,” G/O Media CEO Jim Spanfeller stated within the memo obtained by CBS Information. “Sadly, our enterprise mannequin and the audiences we serve throughout our community didn’t align with Jezebel’s.”
Spanfeller stated the choice to close down Jezebel got here after G/O couldn’t discover a purchaser for the web site. He stated that, regardless of curiosity from over 24 potential consumers, “we couldn’t discover Jez a brand new house.”
“I have not given up on Jezebel. Media is nothing if not resilient. So are its practitioners. I’ll maintain you apprised if circumstances change,” Spanfeller wrote.
The publication, launched in 2007 by Gawker Media, was recognized for reporting and commentary on hot-button cultural points affecting ladies, masking subjects starting from politics, leisure, magnificence and vogue, ladies’s well being, ladies within the public eye and extra. The location and all different former Gawker Media publications — together with Gizmodo, Deadspin, The Root and A/V Membership — aside from Gawker, have been acquired by Univision in 2016 following Gawker Media declaring chapter within the wake of the Hulk Hogan intercourse tape lawsuit.
G/O Media was then fashioned in 2019 after Univision offered the previous Gawker Media websites to Nice Hill Companions.
Within the memo saying the shuttering of Jezebel, G/O Media additionally launched new plans for restructuring its editorial technique for its remaining publications. Spanfeller stated, regardless of the cuts, he hopes the modifications to the editorial course of within the firm’s varied newsrooms will end in development within the months forward.
Along with outlining plans for restructuring, the memo introduced the departure of the corporate’s editorial director, Merrill Brown.
Jezebel is the newest publication targeted on feminist and gender identity-related subjects to close down. Final 12 months, Bitch Journal shuttered and the Washington Submit’s The Lily was discontinued and its staffers have been reassigned to different departments inside the paper’s newsroom.