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News organizations’ audiences are increasingly moving from public social media to closed or semi-closed platforms like WhatsApp, Discord, and Facebook Groups. But there are still opportunities for good reporting on the communities we cover.
Plus: Crooked Media goes audio doc, Maximum Fun goes scripted fiction, and The Pub goes the way of all flesh.
On average, they’re paying just under $80 per year. About 40 or so indie publishers with paid offerings are making what Substack calls “meaningful money.”
It’s a longstanding quandary for aspiring journalists: How can I get housing in the big city for just a few weeks, while I’m paid nothing or close to it? PressPad wants current journalists to help out the next generation.
“As a news organization, it’s perhaps an opportunity for us to be helping people fill those gaps without forcing them to go to Wikipedia or start Googling things, just to try to get the background they crave on a story.”
The dollar amount isn’t huge, and it will barely put a dent in the crisis of local news. But it’s also an official statement that communities’ information voids are a problem worthy of government attention.
Power to the people (who hate talking on phones).
There’s a lot that subscription on-demand audio gambits can learn from the increasingly formidable world of mindfulness apps.
Its Japanese buyer Uzabase promises to speed up expansion possibilities for Quartz — and to help build out subscription products.