Gothamist co-founder Jen Chung, left, chats with artist David Combs as he paints near St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York in 2004. Photo: Bebeto Matthews / AP

Gothamist, a culture blog founded in 2003 and its parent company DNAinfo, a local news site founded in 2009 that has subsidiaries around the country, were shut down Thursday, The New York Times reports. DNAinfo owner Joe Ricketts announced that he closed the properties after the entities voted to unionize Thursday with the National Labor Relations Board, which Ricketts said created too great of an economic burden on the businesses.

Why it matters: Digital publications and local news sites have been struggling to drive revenue amid Google and Facebook's advertising dominance and reach. The merger of DNAinfo and Gothamist earlier this year was supposed to ease economic strains, but the success of the partnership never fully materialized. DNAinfo provided a lot of local, urban coverage that will be missed.

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What they're saying: "President Trump could not have made a better decision," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement. "Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an exceptionally impressive jurist and an exceedingly well-qualified nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States."

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