housekeeping to End Operations Next Week

J.K. Trotter · 08/18/16 11:50AM

After nearly fourteen years of operation, will be shutting down next week. The decision to close Gawker comes days after Univision successfully bid $135 million for Gawker Media’s six other websites, and three months after the Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel revealed his clandestine legal campaign against the company.

Fate of Remains Unclear After Univision Acquisition of Gawker Media

J.K. Trotter · 08/17/16 11:28AM

Following a day-long auction against the online publisher Ziff Davis, the media conglomerate Univision is buying Gawker Media’s assets—including Deadspin, Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Kotaku, and Lifehacker—for $135 million. However, the fate of the company’s flagship website,, remains unclear.

Welcome to Senior Week

Alex Pareene · 08/08/16 01:00PM

Gawker Media is undergoing some changes. The publisher of this site, and many of your other favorite (Kotaku) and least favorite (Deadspin) blogs, will be sold at auction next week. We’re celebrating 14 years of hard-hitting independent journalism and also dog with a week of fond reminiscing, a few stories we’ve always wanted to do, and some fun surprises.

Here Is the Good News

Nick Denton · 06/15/16 12:37PM

Perhaps the most embarrassing aspect of filing for bankruptcy is the well-meaning condolence note from a friend. “I’m so sorry,” more than one has written. That sympathy is often followed by fear for what Facebook director Peter Thiel’s revenge campaign—a billionaire secretly funding lawsuits against publishers, editors, and writers for stories that disrespected him and his friends—means for the functioning of a critical press.

A Note From Your Editor

Alex Pareene · 06/10/16 03:16PM

Gawker Media has filed for bankruptcy, as you read on Gawker earlier today. What does that mean? For you, the reader, it means very little: We will continue to operate as usual through the Chapter 11 process. There will continue to be new stories on this website by all of your favorite Gawker writers and also Hamilton Nolan. Eventually, things might be different—for example, anthropogenic climate change will probably lead to widespread famine and endless resource wars—but for now, we’re not going anywhere. Thanks for reading.

Fun Lovers Unite!

Alex Pareene · 04/28/16 09:17AM

Author and friend of Gawker Mac Montandon is behind Fun Lovers Unite!, an evening of music and comedy benefiting the Manhattan Chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, happening Wednesday, May 11, at New York’s Highline Ballroom, featuring Yo La Tengo, Janeane Garofalo, and many more. Tickets, including a $20 ticket for students, are available here. In 2013, Montandon contributed the essay “A Hollywood Ending,” about the death of his brother and its aftermath.

The Hogan Verdict

Nick Denton · 03/22/16 03:28PM

The decision by a Florida jury to grant $140 million in damages for a story on about a Hulk Hogan sex tape was extraordinary. The number is far larger than even the plaintiff himself had asked for in relief. It’s a huge pay-day for an indiscretion that would have been quickly forgotten, one among many in the professional wrestler’s personal life.

Gawker Media’s SecureDrop Is Up and Running Again

J.K. Trotter · 08/03/15 02:00PM

A quick announcement: Gawker Media’s anonymous SecureDrop portal, which went down for a few days as we moved the server into our new office, is up and running again. If you have information or stories to share with any of Gawker Media’s sites—and want to remain as anonymous as possible—SecureDrop is for you. Detailed instructions for using the portal, which relies on the anonymous Tor network, can be found here.

Leah Finnegan · 07/14/15 10:33AM

Gawker welcomes written submissions from outside contributors and is happy to pay for work accepted for publication on the site. Submissions can be emailed to Please include your submission in the body of the email. Please limit your submissions to 1200 words.

How to Read Gawker in 2015

Max Read · 01/12/15 07:30AM

Hi there. We're trying something new out for the new year, which means Gawker's going to be publishing things a little differently. Let me explain.

What We're Thankful for This Year

Gawker Staff · 11/27/14 08:30AM

Thanksgiving, America's national pre-Black Friday ritual, has its origins as a celebration of harvest bounty and an opportunity to reflect on the things and people for which we're thankful. This is what the staff of Gawker is thankful for. What about you?

How We Got Rolled by the Dishonest Fascists of Gamergate

Max Read · 10/22/14 04:00PM

On October 1, the computing giant Intel pulled its ads from Gamasutra, a trade website for game developers, over an essay called "'Gamers' don't have to be your audience. 'Gamers' are over" by a journalist named Leigh Alexander. Intel had been successfully harassed by a small, contemptible crusade called "Gamergate"—a campaign of dedicated anti-feminist internet trolls using an ill-informed mob of alienated and resentful video game-playing teenagers and young men to harass and intimidate female activists, journalists, and critics.

Ask the Gawker Staff

Gawker Staff · 09/26/14 03:05PM

Hi. We're the staff of Gawker, and we're hanging out in the comments, answering questions.

How to Leak to Gawker Anonymously

J.K. Trotter · 08/01/14 01:50PM

Over the past few years, Gawker and other outlets have detailed how to leak documents and information without unwanted third parties finding out about it. Here’s a refresher course with the most up-to-date details.