Nieman Foundation at Harvard
HOME
          
LATEST STORY
How Finland’s Helsingin Sanomat has built digital success through “diamonds” in the rough
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
May 25, 2016, 10:51 a.m.
Business Models
LINK: denverite.com  ➚   |   Posted by: Laura Hazard Owen   |   May 25, 2016

Here’s a new stab at local news: A new media company founded by Gordon Crovitz, the former publisher of The Wall Street Journal; Kevin Ryan, the founder of Business Insider; and Jim Friedlich, a former Journal exec, is launching a line of city-specific news properties under the umbrella of a still-unnamed media company.

First up is Denver. Denverite will launch as an email newsletter in June. According to a release:

In addition to breaking news and telling stories worth sharing, Denverite will create resources that help explain the sometimes hidden or confusing systems and rules of the Mile High City and the state of Colorado, and will point to great reporting, writing and storytelling in the metro area, even if it didn’t appear in a Denverite product.

Denverite’s editor-in-chief is Dave Burdick, who was previously the deputy features editor at The Denver Post. “The mission of Denverite is to provide our subscribers, followers, and readers with the finite amount of information that really matters right now,” Burdick said in a statement.

The ultimate plan is to expand the model of aggregation, curation, and original reporting to cities across the U.S. Denverite, with eight to ten writers, will probably be in operation for almost a year before any expansion takes place, Ken Doctor reported in Politico. After beginning as an email newsletter, Denverite will expand to a website and responsive mobile site by the end of June. There will be no advertising for at least the first six months.

Denverite can perhaps be seen in the model of Billy Penn, the mobile-first Philadelphia news site. Billy Penn’s parent company, Spirited Media, plans to launch a second site called The Incline, focused on Pittsburgh, later this summer.

Photo of Denver by Al Case used under a Creative Commons license.

Show tags Show comments / Leave a comment
 
Join the 60,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
How Finland’s Helsingin Sanomat has built digital success through “diamonds” in the rough
HS is the only subscription national newspaper in Finland. Here’s how it gets readers to subscribe.
Vox Media has built a visual way to experience podcasts. It’s accessible to deaf audiences — and gorgeous.
The podcast More Than This had a challenge. How could they recreate the emotions, pacing, and atmosphere of their episodes without using any audio?
More mice, fewer breakthroughs: How to avoid bad headlines on stories about health and medical research
“‘Breakthrough’ is the one that leaps out to me because there so rarely is a breakthrough.”