Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

The Awl Ends

The Awl and the Hairpin announced today that, as of the end of this month, both will stop publishing. I’m gutted. Both have been a must-read for me every single day for years. They will be missed.

Update: Christina Warren:

As we saw with Gawker, DNA Info/Gothamist, and now The Awl sites, independent media needs support more than ever. These voices are too important to just disappear.

All of these publications have been shuttered for different reasons. None were, as far as I know, heavily buoyed by Facebook referral traffic. But with Facebook deemphasizing publisher pages you can expect to see more independent media organizations losing staff or shutting down from a raw decline in traffic. Independent publishers — this aspiring one included — need to find a more sustainable revenue source.

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