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Deadspin and the zombification of news

Today on Front Burner, Slate’s Ben Mathis-Lilley discusses the mass exodus at Deadspin and what it says about the future of independent digital media.
Management and staff members have butted heads since the financial equity firm Great Hills Partners bought Deadspin along with sister sites like The Root, Gizmodo and Jezebel earlier this year. (deadspin.com)

Every member of the popular sports and culture website Deadspin's editorial staff has resigned, after the firing of the site's interim editor-in-chief. But tensions have been rising between Deadspin's journalist and its executives since a private equity firm took over in April. Those executives issued an edict last week to "stick to sports." Today on Front Burner, Slate's Ben Mathis-Lilley discusses the mass exodus at Deadspin and what it says about the future of independent digital media.

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