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Newsonomics: Two years after launching a local news company (in an Alden market), here’s what I’ve learned
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“For me, fundamentally, the mistake was thinking that journalism was where Medium was going to shine.”
“Some subscribers would rather game than sift through the wreckage. Can you blame them?”
The potential here is for democratic governments to evolve their digital policy models based on each other’s experiences.
The same-day cancellation rate likely includes subscribers who only wanted access to one article, or who felt the full paid experience was lacking after a quick look around. New data suggests some just really hate the idea of auto-renewal.
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.”