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Monday, April 9, 2018

Gambit gets sold, and social media has a thing or two to say

Posted By on Mon, Apr 9, 2018 at 2:09 PM

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When the news broke this morning that John and Dathel Georges bought Gambit and, my email and texts blew up. Many of the questions people asked were answered in our joint news story, as well as Danny Monteverde's story on WWL-TV. But the one big question has been: Is this a good thing?

I think so. Years ago, I worked for a publication that was sold and went from a very good owner to a terrible one. This feels nothing like that.
Everyone on our editorial team is staying. Our story mix isn't changing. Gambit still will come out on Sunday, though it will be printed on the new presses owned by Georges Media Group. Our writers still will be given plenty of latitude to write about subjects they find important. We're not being sold off for pieces and parts, we're not going to start running a bunch of stupid slideshows and we're not being sold to an owner who doesn't know and really understand New Orleans.

We may end up sharing some resources — teaming up with The Advocate on things like Jazz Fest coverage seems like a natural to me, for instance — but we're just starting to figure out things. The Advocate's publisher, Dan Shea, says the goal is to make it appear that nothing has changed, and I take him at his word.

Social media, of course, had a lot to say about it. A lot. A few of the reactions:

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