“We firmly believe in telling the truth about outdated institutions and calling out injustices when we see them — and sometimes the truth hurts,” said Splinter editor-in-chief Dodai Stewart. “Splinter will contextualize current events while remaining committed to amplifying underrepresented voices, shining a light on systemic inequality, and skewering politicians when necessary. Readers can expect piercing reporting and commentary with a sharp point of view.”
Splinter will serve as a news and politics site for a justice-minded, inclusive, and incisive audience. The editorial team behind Splinter recently expanded to include a new politics reporting team unit led by Alex Pareene, including two reporters in Washington DC. The site will build on the success of the Voices vertical with the Think Local project that features editor Nona Willis Aronowitz launched earlier this year. Splinter will continue to tackle a range of issues by publishing impactful cartoons, comics, and long-form graphic journalism pieces edited by 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist Jen Sorensen. The site will also feature investigative reporting from the Special Projects Desk, the digital investigative unit of Gizmodo Media Group, which is dedicated to thoroughly reported stories on politics, media, entertainment, and technology that bring power to account.
In addition, Splinter serves as a destination for readers to get a curated offering of the most compelling journalism being published across Gizmodo Media Group on a daily basis. An editorially curated carousel (see above) will spotlight stories from across GMG’s sites—Jezebel, The Root, Gizmodo, Deadspin, Jalopnik, Kotaku, Lifehacker and Splinter—which collectively publish between 5,000-5,500 stories each month.
Starting July 24 readers can find the distinct reporting of Splinter at SplinterNews.com.
FUSION’s editorial staff became a part of Gizmodo Media Group in October 2016 and recently moved onto GMG’s Kinja platform. With the GMG sites, Splinter, along with The Onion, The A.V. Club and Clickhole, is part of the Fusion Media Group (FMG), which serves nearly 90 million superfans each month.
In 2013, FUSION was launched as a cable television network and grew to include an editorially independent website in 2015 that has published award-winning journalism under the same name and brand. Over the past several years the reporters and editors of the site have been recognized for their journalism with a range of honors including National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, Webby Awards, Bay Area Press Awards, Shorty Social Good Awards, Editor and Publisher EPPY Awards, and Online News Association Awards as well as by the Society of Professional Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and GLAAD among many others.
The launch of Splinter comes as the FUSION TV cable network prepares to launch additional series and specials from FMG’s portfolio of digital brands. The network has already aired specials from The Onion and launched a new weekly pop culture series from The A. V. Club this spring. FUSION.net will now wholly serve as the digital hub for the cable network’s broader mix of programming.