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An extended conversation on the economics of building a career writing on the web today: “Unfortunately, it looks a little grim.”
“I never have to consider if a story I run is going to make me take a financial hit. That lack of pressure gives us a huge amount of independence.”
Readers have finally understood that their payments for the news will actually make a difference in what they and their community know. That model needs to be extended down to states and cities.
The 109-year-old publication’s digital future will be based around a voice that is “calm and fact-based and fundamentally constructive, and assumes that our readers are looking to have a fundamentally constructive approach to the news.”
Who needs a ton of words?
“To recreate it would have been prohibitively expensive for even the most generous philanthropic organization.”
Floodwatch, a new tool from the Office for Creative Research, is hoping it can collect enough data from users to help researchers answer questions around just how users are being targeted by ads online.
On the bright side, “nothing stimulates technological development like war.”
“For now, even though it’s not perfect, advertising is paying the bills and until there is a better solution we’re going to stick with it.”
“As a businessman, I try to run this like a Main Street shop. If you’re a subscriber and you have some issue, I need to respond to those issues promptly, as if it was your neighborhood hardware store. That’s part of my job.”