Univision won Gawker Media in an auction for $135 million last week, bringing Nick Denton’s reign of the media empire he founded 14 years ago to an end.
Gawker.com has officially shut down, but other properties like Gizmodo and Dead Spin are still in operation.
It is an end of an era for one of the internet’s most original voices. Before TMZ and Buzzfeed, there was Gawker and its slate of in-the-know, cooler-than-thou writers. The site was a must-visit for media elites and heartland readers alike, and the snarky, gossipy tone it created was as envied as it was imitated.
What’s in store for Gawker Media? What does Univision get out of the purchase? What is Gawker’s legacy?
Jeb Lund, a columnist for the Rolling Stone who’s been following the Gawker story