The Daily Dot is a digital media company covering Internet culture and life on the web. Founded by Nicholas White in 2011, The Daily Dot is headquartered in Texas; the site, conceived as the Internet's "hometown newspaper", focuses on topics such as streaming entertainment, geek culture, memes and social issues, such as LGBT, gender and race. In addition, an e-commerce arm produces branded video for advertisers and sells items from an online marketplace; the Daily Dot was established in 2011 by Nicholas White, whose goal was to cover Internet communities such as Reddit and Tumblr in the same manner as hometown newspapers cover their own communities. White's family has been in the newspaper business since buying the Sandusky Register in Ohio in 1869, White was a reporter and executive with the family's media company before establishing the site. White launched The Daily Dot with a handful of full-time reporters. Many of the site's early stories were reported on Facebook and Twitter. After establishing a headquarters in Austin, the company added other offices but many staff worked remotely from other locations.
It raised a $10 million private investment to add staff, produce digital content and develop its internal creative agency in 2015, ramping up its output to 50-70 stories a day. Its coverage has focused on "under-reported" areas while emphasizing progressive issues such as body-positivity and feminism. White has highlighted the need to diversify his staff. "Journalism has been dominated by a few select types of voices. We have an opportunity to break from that cycle," he has said; the Daily Dot has pursued several content strategies while building its online presence. In 2012, it was one of the first major sites to launch dedicated esports coverage. In 2016, the company sold that section, Dot Esports, to Gamurs, an Australian esports multimedia operation. In 2014, it purchased The Kernel, a competing website, turned it into a weekly Sunday edition featuring long-form editorial built around a single theme; the Kernel founder and editor-in-chief Milo Yiannopoulos stepped down following the acquisition.
The Kernel ceased regular publication in 2016. It has collaborated on video projects with partners including HLN, on a co-branded series called Next Sex. S. Department of Health and Human Services, for which it produced a public service announcement encouraging vaccination featuring Sesame Street character Elmo and former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. In January 2016, the site launched VIP Voices, a collection of op-eds from high-profile contributors on Internet issues in public discourse. Contributors include Mayor Bill de Blasio, Representative Ted Lieu, Senator Mike Lee. In 2018, The Daily Dot sued the New York Police Department to access handgun license applications filed by Donald Trump and two of his sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. The suit alleges that the NYPD declined a request made by The Daily Dot under New York's Freedom of Information Law to release the information, citing privacy and safety concerns; the company had a full-time staff of 76, in addition to 222 freelance contributors, in early 2016 before laying off 40% of its total staff in September 2016.
White, who called the layoff a "restructuring", said the move was necessary to refocus resources on growing areas such as video, e-commerce and sales. The site's e-commerce videos, produced in conjunction with advertisers, are shared on Facebook and generate revenue by sharing a portion of sales. In addition, the site has built two online storefronts, the Bazaar and The Daily Dot Store, on which it sells items; the Daily Dot's coverage is split into several sections: Debug, which covers gadgets and software. The site's coverage has been recognized by the following outlets: 2017, finalist, CJ Affiliate CJ You Innovator of the Year Award.2016, The Webby Awards, Best Individual Performance in Online Film and Video.2016, Digiday Publisher of the Year and Best Native Advertising.2015, cited among works of outstanding journalism by The Atlantic for "How to Destroy an American Family", which chronicled the toll of continued cyberattacks on an Illinois family. In 2015, Digiday Publisher of the Year, for its investigation of a data breach at global intelligence firm Stratfor2015, The Webby Awards, Websites-News.
CEO Nicholas White's three part series for PBS's MediaShift about starting The Daily Dot: "Why I Gave Up the Newspaper to Save Newspapering". Media Shift. PBS. April 25, 2011. "The Necessity of Data Journalism in the New Digital Community". Media Shift. PBS. June 22, 2011. "5 Lessons Learned Building The Daily Dot, a Media Startup". Media Shift. PBS. Aug 23, 2011. Official website Kernel VIP Voices
The Muslim Seven Year Action Plan on Climate Change is a climate action plan for the global Islamic community, meant to run from 2010 to 2017. It was developed by the British Earth Mates Dialogue Center and the Kuwait Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, it is one of several multi-year climate action plans developed by major religious communities, developed in coordination with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation and the United Nations Development Programme. According to the Alliance of Religions and Conservation, the plan proposes "investigating every level of Muslim activity from daily life to annual pilgrimages, from holy cities to the future training of Imams," "developing the major Muslim cities as green city models for other Islamic urban areas," and "developing an Islamic label for environmentally friendly goods and services." Proposals were to be managed by a group called the Muslim Association for Climate Change Action. At a follow-up conference in Istanbul in July 2009, about two hundred Muslim scholars and government officials endorsed the plan and established MACCA.
Endorsers included the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Sheikh Ali Goma'a, the Mufti of Palestine, Dr. Ekrama Sabri, the Adviser of the Prince of Mecca and Medina, the Islamic Educational and Cultural Organisation; the plan was launched at the Windsor Celebration in November 2009. According to Islam Today, the April 2010 International Muslim Conference on Climate Change Issues in Bogor, Indonesia included discussion of a wide range of policy ideas, but failed to set up the proposed Muslim Association on Climate Change Action as an umbrella group to implement the Bogor declaration." July 2009 draft of the Muslim Seven Year Action Plan