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DCist is the unofficial homepage of the District. We cover what matters to Washingtonians, whether that’s the latest piece of legislation before the D.C. Council or the best thing to order at the new restaurant around the corner.

How We Got Here

Local volunteers launched DCist in 2004 under the umbrella of Gothamist, a New York-based blog. For years, it was a passion project, largely written by Washingtonians who yearned to see more dynamic coverage of the city. Over the next decade, it morphed from a volunteer-run blog into a professional digital news outlet that routinely broke stories and punched above its weight.

In early 2017, DNAinfo bought Gothamist and all of its sister sites. Nine months later, when employees in New York unionized, DNAinfo’s owner closed down the entire network, DCist included. We believed the fat lady had sung, and that D.C. had lost a vital part of its news ecosystem.

But after going dark for several months, DCist was offered a second life by WAMU, Washington’s NPR affiliate (WNYC and KPCC have, respectively, relaunched Gothamist and LAist.) And with the support of our readers, we relaunched on June 11, 2018. So many people have told us that they’re thrilled to see DCist back, and we are, too.

Rather than looking to owners in other cities, we now only answer to our own community (if you value and rely on DCist, consider sustaining our work with a donation). At our new home, you’ll find us experimenting more, working alongside our colleagues at WAMU, and even hopping on the radio every once in a while.

But fundamentally, we’re still the same news outlet that you’ve come to know and trust. What hasn’t changed in all this time is our curiosity about D.C. — the city, not the stereotypes.

DCist is a digital news outlet that focuses its smart and distinctive voice on Washington, D.C., and its diverse communities. DCist covers what matters to Washingtonians, whether that is lighter fare like where to find the best local hiking trails, or serious investigative work that leads to hearings and institutional change. People come to DCist expecting answers to their questions about life in D.C., and the site delivers.

Fifty-eight percent of readers are Millennial and GenX – an audience plugged into local news and cultural events. Corporate sponsorship of DCist gives your brand the opportunity to connect with this audience.

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