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For print newspapers, one Florida retirement community is a better market than Atlanta, St. Louis, or Portland
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For local newspapers, print circulation has collapsed for every audience except retirees. That’s why the daily paper in The Villages, Florida (metro population 129,752) prints as many copies as the one in Atlanta (metro population 6,930,423).
Staffers will take part in making collective decisions about the organization, from hiring and compensation to developing the budget, along with their journalistic work.
“Is our compensation structure fundamentally unjust because we pay primarily for experience and skills, with no consideration for need?”
“My journalism degree was more expensive than my wealthier classmates’ degrees because I couldn’t afford to pay in cash. But that’s a common theme with American systems. Poor people pay high prices. Rich people get discounts.”
“If someone’s already watching something on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok, why would they set their DVRs for 1:30 a.m.?”
“Instead of focusing on one very small geographic area, that same reporter may look for commonalities and trends across multiple areas.”
More than 50 local newsrooms with just one or two full-time employees made more than $100,000 in annual revenue in 2021.
“Selling was not the plan, but it became the very best path for Quartz.”
“We may not like them, but they have been absolutely essential in expanding our reach and building our digital business.”
Taking chances on media membership in Zimbabwe.