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  • Three Candles to Light in Dark Times for Local News and Journalists

    … by multiple listeners) about the origin of a bright blue lake off a highway in town. He said that just about everyone in town had wondered about that lake but no news outlet had covered the story. Lewis’ answer was the most popular story ever posted on the WYSO site, by a wide margin.” What’s crucial about the new way of story reporting…

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  • As the Local News Industry Struggles, Publishers Ask Readers to Pay

    … sustainable, we calculate that we’ll need 3,000 subscribers — less than 1% of our readers — to support us at $5/month. But with everyone’s help, we are on our way.” In a mid-December posting, when the situation didn’t look as hopeful, Zagare got brutally candid with her readers: “Local independent media sources like ours are in real trouble. Revenue from…

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  • Street Fight’s Predictions for 2018: Part One

    … As 2017 draws to a close, we’ve once again asked Street Fight staffers, columnists, and friends to look into their crystal ball and offer prognostications for what they thought will be the biggest story (or stories) in local in 2018. Here is the first half — we’ll publish the remaining predictions tomorrow. From all of us here at Street Fight…

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  • LMA Goes Small to Spread Disruptive Ideas Among Local Publishers

    …: how active is someone over 30 and 90 days? How many email subscribers are becoming referrers of the brand to new users? These are also important to The Hustle to grow the aggregate audience and ensure that it’s high-quality. SmartNews, which we also visited in San Francisco, is a news aggregation app, so downloads of course are important. But so…

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  • Will ‘Moonlighting’ Startup Help Newspapers Regain Classified Revenue?

    … newspaper groups — McClatchy, Gannett and tronc — are partnering with Moonlighting to build a new, mobile-first base for their job classifieds, which were a big revenue source in the print era but have been devastated by new-generation digital sites. The partnerships include a $2.3 million investment in Moonlighting by the three news media companies…

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  • Smaller Newspapers Are Doing Just Fine, Thank You, New Report Finds

    … Big daily newspapers get most of the attention in the local news industry, but they include only 3% of all newspapers, daily and weekly. The other 97% – 6,851 titles – are “small-market newspapers.” Of these, 1,202 are printed daily and 5,649 are printed weekly (on their physical form). They are papers like the Herald and News in Klamath Falls…

    Tom Grubisich/ Street Fight- 9 readers -
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