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Even the most digital-native publishers cannot resist the siren call of a tote bag. But a membership pitch sounds different coming from a public radio station than from a private company with a billion-dollar valuation.
“I am not saying we shouldn’t do vegetables. But for the financial health of our organizations, the rewards are candy. If we’re not taking the vegetables and dipping them in caramel, we’re making some hard choices.”
“What you hear less about the truth is that it is expensive,” publisher Cory Haik wrote in her resignation letter.
“This is a permanent process of change, but I feel a great desire for resting.”
Bigfoot gets a podcast. Plus: the high rise of Guy Raz, The Washington Post readies its daily show, and does podcasting really have a low barrier to entry any more?
6AM runs six sites in four states across the Southeast, in areas “where they are not big enough to have multiple daily papers, yet they are big enough to have a huge life force and a huge heart.”
There seems to be some momentum among those with deep pockets to address the local news crisis. But if that money appears, where should it be directed?
Kickstarter is also walking away from its attempt at Patreon-like recurring support: “You and I both know it’s going to take more than a drip of money to help journalism.”
“The model is designed to reward engagement and loyalty. We think those things are the currency of publishing in the future, that relationship with the consumer. The better you do at that, the better you do under Scroll.”