Feminist website Jezebel is coming back to life after a less-than-three-week hiatus. Closed down on Nov. 9 by G/O Media, which also operates Gizmodo, Deadspin and The Root, the site has been purchased in an all-cash deal by Josh Jackson, a co-founder and the editor in chief of Paste magazine. As part of the deal, ackson also picked up Splinter, a former political news website that was shuttered by G/O Media in 2019. Jackson told the New York Times that he planned to start publishing on the site again as soon as Nov. 29. Started up in 2007 as part of Gawker’s portfolio, Jezebel become part of G/O Media in 2019.
Sports Illustrated has been accused of publishing product reviews carrying the bylines of authors who could only be traced back to websites that sell artificial intelligence-generated headshots, tech publication Futurism reports. Arena Group, Sports Illustrated’s publisher, pushes the blame for any fake authors or content onto AdVon Commerce, a third-party supplier that sits “at the edge of content and marketing” according to its website. “AdVon has assured us that all of the articles in question were written and edited by humans,” an Arena Group spokesperson told Futurism. “However, we have learned that AdVon had writers use a pen or pseudo name in certain articles to protect author privacy—actions we don't condone—and we are removing the content while our internal investigation continues and have since ended the partnership.” The SI Union posted a statement on X saying that “if true, these practices violate everything we believe in about journalism.”
Popular Science, which shuttered its print edition in 2021, is now pulling the plug on its digital magazine. Recurrent Ventures, which also manages Domino, Dwell and Field & Stream, called the closure a response to the “evolving landscape of its audience,” citing changes in advertising budgets and a move toward video as factors. On Nov. 13, Recurrent cut 13 jobs at Popular Science, according to a report on Axios, leaving the platform with just five employees. The platform will continue to publish content on its website, in addition to producing its “The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week” podcast.