June 2, 2017
Local Fix: Experimenting with Print, Revenue, and Libraries
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Each week we look at key debates in journalism sustainability and community engagement through the lens of local news. But first, we always begin with one good idea…
One Good Idea: Partner with Libraries
Curious City had a problem. The Chicago-based series, which birthed the Hearken model of using questions from audiences to fuel reporting, was stuck in a public radio bubble. Their questions were coming from the same types of people, from the same parts of the city. They recently released a report on the outreach efforts they made in 2016 to get beyond that bubble. One takeaway: setting up outreach booths at public libraries paid off. Another learning: places like cafes were a bust because the outreach posts weren’t there long enough.
Dust Off That Printing Press
- Making Print Products Work for Digital News Organizations – Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism
- Charlotte Agenda created a newcomer’s guide, in print, that brought in more than six figures – Poynter
- Is there an untapped market for print in local journalism? No, seriously. – Poynter
- Stat is publishing a print section — and it might be coming to a paper near you – NiemanLab
- Print as a Premium Offering – NiemanLab
- Worth watching: A video on The Globe’s Dorchester printing plant going dark – The Boston Globe
- Using print in different ways outside of journalism- flipbooks to share important moments with people in prison – NPR
I Want My Two Dollars!
- NJ Pen asks their readers why they don’t pay for the news- and how they can change to better serve them – NJ Pen
- Paying for news: Why people subscribe and what it says about the future of journalism – API
- Readers support real journalism when given the chance – lessons from the News Revenue Hub – Local News Lab
- Engaging with your readers *can* help you make money – Hearken
Some of our favorite things to do are to meet Local Fix readers, visit newsrooms, and see where the work of local news gets done. This week we got to meet Jenn Smith, an education reporter and engagement editor at The Berkshire Eagle (hey Jenn!), and Scott Brodbeck, the founder of Local News Now, a local news publisher in the D.C. metro area (hey Scott!). Go ahead, follow them on Twitter.
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Have a good weekend,
Josh and Teresa
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