The Daily Dot
The Daily Dot is a digital media company covering Internet culture and life on the web. Founded by Nicholas White in 2011, The Daily Dot is headquartered in Austin, Texas with offices in New York City and San Francisco. It had a full-time staff of 76 in addition to 222 freelance contributors in early 2016 before laying off 40% of its total staff in September 2016.
Type of site
|Created by||Nicholas White|
|Slogan(s)||The Hometown Newspaper of the World Wide Web|
|Alexa rank||1,374 (January 2018[update])|
|Launched||August 23, 2011|
Self-dubbed the "hometown newspaper" of the Internet, The Daily Dot posts roughly 50-70 articles per day. It features an array of sections dedicated to Internet-specific issues ranging from the intersection of the state and the web to "Geek", which focuses on Internet-based fandom.
In 2014, The Daily Dot acquired The Kernel, a weekly Sunday edition featuring long-form editorial built around a single theme, causing The Kernel founder and editor-in-chief, Milo Yiannopoulos, to step down.
In January 2016, the site launched VIP Voices, a collection of op-eds from high-profile contributors on Internet issues in public discourse. Contributors include Mayor Bill de Blasio, Representative Ted Lieu, and Senator Mike Lee.
- CEO Nicholas White's three part series for PBS's MediaShift about starting The Daily Dot:
- "Why I Gave Up the Newspaper to Save Newspapering". Media Shift. PBS. April 25, 2011.
- "The Necessity of Data Journalism in the New Digital Community". Media Shift. PBS. June 22, 2011.
- "5 Lessons Learned Building The Daily Dot, a Media Startup". Media Shift. PBS. Aug 23, 2011.
- "Dailydot.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
- Gallaga, Omar (January 25, 2016). "Austin-based Daily Dot takes new approach to covering the Web". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- Sterne, Peter (September 16, 2016). "Daily Dot lays off 30 employees across company". Politico. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- Ha, Anthony (August 23, 2011). "Can The Daily Dot Become Web's 'Hometown Newspaper'?". AdWeek. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- Wauters, Robin (Jan 29, 2014). "The Kernel acquired by The Daily Dot publisher; founder and editor Milo Yiannopoulos to move on". Tech.eu.