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The fall of Deadspin and what it means for online journalism

Our online columnist Elamin Abdelmahmoud walks us through what happened at Deadspin last week and what it means in the age of the internet where clicks equal dollars.
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)
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Elamin Abdelmahmoud is Buzzfeed's social media editor and q's online columnist. Every couple of weeks, he brings us up to speed on the big headlines taking over the internet right now. This week, he joins host Tom Power to walk us through what happened at Deadspin last week.

The popular sports and culture website's entire editorial staff quit following controversial decisions made by management about the kind of stories their journalists "should" be writing. It's raised questions about editorial freedom and commerce, and how those two things interact. Abdelmahmoud tells us what this might mean in the age of the internet where clicks equal dollars.

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