Journalism Business Models & Startups (Transformation Tracker, 2008-2011)

Links tracking the transformation of journalism business models

Archived Stories:

Shirky: News has to be subsidized, cheap, and free
Julie Moos, Poynter, Poynter, Jul. 9, 2011

From crowdfunding to data-driven journalism, four ways the Knight News Challenge is shaping the future
Jeff Sonderman, Poynter, Jun. 22, 2011

Knight News Challenge gives $1.5 million to projects that filter, examine data
Steve Myers, Poynter, Jun. 22, 2011

Ongo aimed at old-school users who have migrated online, not digital natives
Rick Edmonds, Biz Blog, May 23, 2011

Newspapers don’t need new ideas; here are lots of ideas for new revenue streams
Steve Buttry, The Buttry Diary, Apr. 29, 2011

Ten resources on news business models
Ben Wirz, KnightBlog, Apr. 11, 2011

State of the News Media 2011: New revenues have not arrived, but new challenges have
Rick Edmonds, Biz Blog, Mar. 14, 2011

Who owns newspaper companies? The banks, funds, and investors and their (big) slices of the industry
Martin Langeveld, Nieman Journalism Lab, Mar. 7, 2011

The Publisher’s Dilemma
Frédéric Filloux, Monday Note, Feb. 27, 2011

TBD’s course raises questions about failure and success on the way to journalism’s future
Mallary Jean Tenore, Poynter, Feb. 24, 2011

Six business lessons from TBD’s early demise
Rick Edmonds, Biz Blog, Feb. 23, 2011

Betting on News, AOL Is Buying The Huffington Post
Jeremy W. Peters and Verne G. Kopytoff, New York Times, Feb. 7, 2011

Edmiston Describes Business Model for Nomad Mobile Magazines
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Nov. 3, 2010

Six Journalism Startups and Analysis:
Plus One Dead Startup Another Rises from the Dead
DigiDave, Sep. 21, 2010

Letter from the editor: TBD is a little less TBD
Erik Wemple, TBD, Aug. 9, 2010

The Newsonomics of membership, part 2
Ken Doctor, Nieman Journalism Lab, Aug. 3, 2010 (Part 1)

Can Newspapers Create New Revenue Stream with ‘Digital Malls’?
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Aug. 10, 2010

GlobalPost to Test ‘Soft Meter’ with Journalism Online
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Aug. 2, 2010

AnnArbor.com Grows Audience in First Year, Remains a Work in Progress
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Jul. 26, 2010

Ten good-enough predictions about tech, media and news
Steve Yelvington, Yelvington.com, July 14, 2010

How to Save the News
James Fallows, The Atlantic, June 2010

From Harvard Business Professor To Deseret News CEO, Gilbert Leads Disruption
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, Jul. 6, 2010

How ‘The Week’ Has Grown Circulation, Advertising as Newsweek, Other Magazines Decline
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, Jun. 9, 2010

How New Philly Publisher Plans to Get ’100 Percent More Audience’
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, Jun. 4, 2010

Publish2′s News Exchange Aims to Help News Outlets Cut Ties to AP
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, Jun. 1, 2010

Civil Beat, TBD Model How To Start a News Operation From Scratch
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, May 14, 2010

Putting a Price on Words
Andrew Rice, New York Times, May 10, 2010

Search for Alternative Media Business Models Hampered By Narrow Thinking
Robert Picard, The Media Business, Apr. 20, 2010

Freelance Group Hopes to Become an “a la Carte News Service”
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, May 5, 2010

@ ASNE: Google’s Schmidt: ‘We Have A Business Model Problem, Not A News Problem’
Staci D. Kramer, paidContent, Apr. 11, 2010 (Video of Eric Schmidt Speech)

Newspaper Execs “Embrace the Blur” at NAA Conference
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, Apr. 14, 2010

The Future of News (Various Articles)
Daedalus, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Spring 2010

The Collapse of Complex Business Models
Clay Shirky, Apr. 1, 2010

Memo To News Sites: There Is No Future In ‘Digital Razzle Dazzle’
John Yemma, paidContent, Mar. 29, 2010

How Is Seattle P-I Doing, One Year Later?
Julie Moos, Poynter, Mar. 17, 2010

Ebert & Friends Tweak New Online Business Model
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Mar. 12, 2010

Side-Bet Businesses Can Add Up to Extra Revenue for News Organizations
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Mar. 2, 2010

‘Hybrid’ Models the Rage Among Execs at paidContent Conference
Dorian Benkoil, E-Media Tidbits, Poynter, Feb. 22, 2010

How Demand Media Is Infiltrating Major Media Publishers
Gillian Reagan, Business Insider, Feb. 8, 2010

iPad Changes Equation of Newspaper-Subsidized E-Readers
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Feb. 4, 2010

Ken Doctor’s New Book ‘Newsonomics’ a Vivid Dispatch from the News Wars
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, Feb. 3, 2010

GlobalPost Expands Partnerships, Struggles with Pay Service
Mark Glaser, MediaShift, Jan. 29, 2010

The Great News Business Model Hunt is a Wild Goose Chase
Scott Rosenberg, MediaShift Idea Lab, Jan. 25, 2010

The FCC’s future of media project
Jim Barnett, Nieman Journalism Lab, Jan. 21, 2010
(See also: FCC Notice for Public Comment)

The Search for a New Revenue Model in Journalism
David Cohn, MediaShift Idea Lab, Jan. 19, 2010

There is no new revenue model for journalism
Robert Niles, OJR, Jan. 12, 2010

List of Proposals to Save News Media
From the report: Public Policy and Funding the News (PDF)
Geoffrey Cowan and David Westphal, University of South California
January 2010

The Year in Newspapers: Top Trends of 2009
Emma Heald, Editors Weblog, Dec. 22, 2009

MiamiHerald.com asks for donations (too subtly)
Steve Outing, SteveOuting.com, Dec. 15, 2009
(See also:
Figuring a Way to Pay for News that’s Read Online
Anders Gyllenhaal, The Miami Herald, Dec. 20, 2009
Herald to Online Users: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
Brian Hamacher, NBC Miami, Dec. 15, 2009)

Look to ‘local online’ for the business model of local journalism
Mark Briggs, Journalism 2.0, Dec. 14, 2009

Jay Rosen and Clay Shirky (Video)
NYU Journalism “Primary Sources,” Dec. 3, 2009

FTC Workshops on Journalism and the Internet
December 1-2, 2009
(See also: Video, Agenda, Panelist Biographies, Press Release
and
FTC Workshop An Odd Mix of Caution and Dangerous Thinking
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, Dec. 3, 2009)

Edible Communities Serves Up a Business Success
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, Nov. 25, 2009

News Corp., Microsoft Weigh Tie-Up (Audio)
Laura Sydell, NPR, Nov. 23, 2009

New Business Models for News Talk (Video)
Jeff Jarvis, BuzzMachine, Nov. 21, 2009

University-Based Reporting Could Keep Journalism Alive
Michael Schudson and Leonard Downie Jr., Chronicle Review, Nov. 15, 2009

Sources of Subsidy in the Production of News: A List
Jay Rosen, Quote and Comment, Nov. 14, 2009

New Business Models for News
Jose Zamora, Knight Foundation Blog, Nov. 14, 2009

Yale Law School Conference on the Future of Journalism
Nov. 13-14, 2009
See also:
Live blogging — The Quest for Pay Models
Who Will Pay the Messengers? Non-Profit and Foundation-Funded Models
Direct and Indirect Government Subsidies
Final Panel: The View from the Newsroom

CUNY Conference Shows Journalists Must Understand Business
Dorian Benkoil, E-Media Tidbits, Poynter, Nov. 13, 2009

Publisher, Staff Explain What Killed East Valley Tribune
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, Nov. 11, 2009

Take For Granted (Interview with Leonard Downie)
Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone, On the Media, Oct. 30, 2009

Harvard Hoedown Ponder$ Making $ In New$
Alan D. Mutter, Reflections of a Newsosaur, Oct. 29, 2009
(See also: Bill Densmore’s report on the Harvard conference, “How to Make Money in News: New Business Models for the 21st Century”)

A New Financial Model For News, Straight From The Cable Industry
Amos Gelb, paidContent, Oct. 28, 2009

Talking Points Memo explores a membership model, but no paywall
Joshua Benton, Nieman Journalism Lab, Oct. 26, 2009

Detroit Free Press, News Shifting Revenue from Advertisers to Readers
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Oct. 23, 2009
(See also:
Ground-Level (and Unscientific) Research Suggests Limits to Detroit Experiment
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Oct. 26, 2009)

Online Focus Is Working for Christian Science Monitor
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, Oct. 23, 2009

The Reconstruction of American Journalism
Leonard Downie, Jr. and Michael Schudson,
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Oct. 19, 2009
(See also:
Downie, Columbia Study: Government Must Fund Some News
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, Oct. 19, 2009
Finding a New Model for News Reporting
Leonard Downie Jr. and Michael Schudson, Washington Post, Oct. 19, 2009
Next Steps for Downie-Schudson: ‘Mutualizing’ News about News
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Oct. 20, 2009)

Jeff Jarvis: Rewriting Media’s Business Model (Again)
David Folkenflik, NPR, Oct. 6, 2009

Media Cloud among the Paths to Media’s Future
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Oct. 6, 2009

Seeking a business model for journalism
Mindy McAdams, Teaching Online Journalism, Sep. 29, 2009

Clay Shirky: Let a thousand flowers bloom to replace newspapers;
don’t build a paywall around a public good

Joshua Benton, Nieman Journalism Lab, Sep. 23, 2009

‘Accountability journalism’ is at risk, says Clay Shirky (Video)
Joan Sorenstein Center, Sep. 22, 2009

Another Nielsen Goes Niche in Pursuit of Profit
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Sep. 14, 2009

Debate Over Journalism’s Financial Future Offers Some Hope
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Aug. 22, 2009

TV executives in search of a business model
Michael Grotticelli, Broadcast Engineering, Aug. 17, 2009

Aspen FOCAS Reminds ‘Information Also Wants to Be Expensive’
Dorian Benkoil, E-Media Tidbits, Poynter, Aug. 18, 2009
(See also: New Business Models
City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism)

The Iron Core of News is at Risk: An Excerpt from “Losing the News”
Alex Jones, NewsPay, Poynter, Aug. 17, 2009

Economist Tries On-Demand Print Delivery
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Aug. 12, 2009

Mr. Magazine’s Three-Point Maxim for Successful Publishing
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Aug. 10, 2009

Circulation, Page Views Up at Christian Science Monitor but Solvency Not Yet in Sight
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Aug. 6, 2009

Brill: Paid Online Content Debate Now About How, Not If
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Aug. 3, 2009

Is Saturday the New Sunday for Newspapers?
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Jul 31, 2009

Hoyt’s Donation to NYT Story Raises Question: Can Journalists be Both Contributors and Critics?
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Jul. 27, 2009

Abandon Old Strategies to Survive in a New Era
Steve Yelvington, Cato Unbound, Jul. 20, 2009, Reaction Essay from:
How We Will (or Won’t) Survive Without Newspapers
Cato Unbound Editors
(See also:
The Public May Need to Subsidize Itself
Paul Starr, Cato Unbound, Jul. 17, 2009
Some Patterns in the Chaos
Philip Meyer, Cato Unbound, Jul. 15, 2009
Not an Upgrade — an Upheaval
Clay Shirky, Cato Unbound, Jul. 13, 2009)

New York Times Garbage Patch Pitch Drives Cash and Names to Spot.Us
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Jul. 20, 2009

Big Media Seek 21st Century Business Models
Yinka Adegoke, Reuters/Washington Post, Jul. 11, 2009

The U.S. Newspaper Industry in Transition
Suzanne M. Kirchhoff, Congressional Research Service, July 8, 2009

News Business Models
Jose Zamora, Knight Foundation Blog, Jul. 1, 2009

A National Strategy to Save the News
Frank Beacham, TV Technology, Jun. 25, 2009

Knight Foundation Initiative Seeks New Models for Investigative Reporting
Knight Foundation, Jun. 13, 2009

Recession could fuel new era of local newspaper ownership
Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, Jun. 12, 2009

Newspapers can avoid the music industry’s illegal filesharing woes
John Burke, Editors Weblog, Jun. 12, 2009

The Need for Diverse Business Models for Public Media
Tony Shawcross, MediaShift Idea Lab, Jun. 11, 2009

10 Steps to Saving Newspapers
Mark Glaser, MediaShift, Jun. 11, 2009

A Web-Only Home for Murder Mystery
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Jun. 8, 2009

How the Web Changed the Economics of News – in All Media
Paul Bradshaw, Online Journalism Blog, Jun. 4, 2009

MediaNews to Begin Customized Printing in Denver Homes Next Week
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, May 28, 2009

Publishers Tap Readers for Revenue With $2 Newspapers
Greg Bensinger, Bloomberg.com, May 27, 2009

Kindle Joins Hybrid Solution for News
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, May 19, 2009

The Free Press Summit: Changing Media
Free Press, May 14, 2009
(See also: Saving the News: Toward a National Journalism Strategy)

Who Pays for the News?
Media Business Models and the Role of Philanthropy
New America Foundation, May 13, 2009

Non-For-Profit Isn’t A Business Model For Newspapers
Lauren Rich Fine, paidContent.org, May 7, 2009

Why Journalists Deserve Low Pay
Robert Picard, Reuter Institute, University of Oxford, May 6, 2009

Live-Blogging RJI Symposium on New Tools, New Business Models
Mark Glaser, MediaShift, May 5, 2009

Looking to Big-Screen E-Readers to Help Save the Daily Press
New York Times, May 3, 2009

Herding Audience From Print to Online May Not Work
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, May 1, 2009

What’s Ahead For the Papers? (Video)
Interview with Charlotte Hall and Bill Mitchell, CNBC, Apr. 24, 2009

The Search for a Business Model for Journalism
Alfred Hermida, Reportr.net, Apr. 17, 2009
See also: 10th International Symposium on Online Journalism (Blog)

‘Free Is Not a Business Model,’ Except When It Is
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, Apr. 16, 2009

Newspapers, GM and Big Pharma: Sharing the Business Model Blues
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, Apr. 2, 2009

Top 10 business mistakes that newspapers must avoid as they go online-only
Dave Chase, OJR, Apr. 1, 2009

Voyages of Discovery Into New Media
Nieman Reports, Spring 2009

Poynter Holds Conference on Navigating News in Digital Era
Bill Mitchell, Poynter, Mar. 31, 2009

Stop the Presses: Newspapers As We Know Them May Cease To Exist…But What Will Become Of The News Itself? (Video)
Jeff Greenfield, CBS Sunday Morning, Mar. 29, 2009

Demos Not Memos: Fixes for Online Ads
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Mar. 23, 2009
(See also: RevenueTwoPointZero)

The State of the News Media
Project for Excellence in Journalism, Mar. 16, 2009

Cable Grows Audience, Advertising While Other Media Decline
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, Mar. 16, 2009

Shirky, State of the Media Make the Case for Risk
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Mar. 16, 2009

Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable
Clay Shirky, Mar. 13, 2009

Bad News for Newspapers (Graphic)
Hannah Fairfield and Alicia Parlapiano, The New York Times, Mar. 12, 2009

L3Cs a “Low-Profit” Business Model for News
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Mar. 2, 2009

Chronicling The Death Of American Newspapers
Linton Weeks, NPR, Mar. 2, 2009

Knight CEO Says Journalism Losing its Geographic Roots
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Feb. 27, 2009

Newspapers in Trouble: Philanthropy to the Rescue?
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, Feb. 24, 2009

Lauren Rich Fine’s Script for Sustainable Journalism
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Feb. 24, 2009

Micropayments? Won’t Work. Here’s A Better Plan For Newspapers
Lauren Rich Fine, paidContent.org, Feb. 23, 2009

Dubious New Models for News
Jacob Weisberg, Newsweek, Feb. 21, 2009

Twitter: Can chaos be a biz model?
Martin Langeveld, Nieman Journalism Lab, Feb. 16, 2009

Could a government bailout be a short term
solution for the struggling newspaper industry?

Emma Heald, Editors Weblog, Feb. 13, 2009

Read All About Me on Kachingle: Where I’m Paying for News
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Feb. 13, 2009

Future of Newspapers Transcript (and Video)
Charlie Rose Show, PBS, Romenesko, Feb. 11, 2009

Battle Plans for Newspapers
Nicholas Lemann, Joel Kramer, Steven Brill, Geneva Overholser,
Craig Newmark, Andrew Keen, Edward M. Fouhy, Rick Rodriguez
The New York Times, Feb. 10, 2009

Ideas that get in the way of saving journalism, Part 1
Michele McLellan, Knight Digital Media Center, Feb. 10, 2009

Growing Woes Increase Coverage of Journalism Business Models
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Feb 6, 2009

A Nonprofit Panacea For Newspapers? Part Two (Part One) (Audio)
David Folkenflik, NPR, Feb. 6, 2009

Should News Organizations Charge for Online Content?
Al Tompkins, Al’s Morning Meeting, Feb. 6, 2009

How to Save Your Newspaper
Walter Isaacson, Time, Feb. 5, 2009
(See also: Isaacson’s Hays-Press Enterprise Lecture)

There really are new business models for journalism
Mark Briggs, Journalism 2.0, Feb. 4, 2009

Investigative Teem
Will Skowronski, AJR, February/March 2009

Alms for the Press?
Jack Shafer, Slate, Feb. 3, 2009

What’s the Best Business Model for Newspapers?
Dan Gillmor, Now, New, Next, HarvardBusiness.org, Feb. 2, 2009

Business Models Essential to Journalism Training
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Feb. 2, 2009

Nonprofit Newspapers
Steve Coll, Think Tank: Online Only: The New Yorker, Jan. 28, 2009

Non-profit Endowments as a Future for News
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Jan. 28, 2009

News You Can Endow
By David Swensen and Michael Schmidt, The New York Times, Jan. 27, 2009

New Media Venture Turns Bloggers Into Print Journalists
By Chris Snyder, Epicenter from Wired, Jan. 12, 2009

How to Make Your Blog a Paying Business
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Jan. 22, 2009
(See also: Mar. 4, 2009 follow-up story)

Carnival of Journalism: How Do You Financially Support Journalism Online?
Paul Bradshaw, Online Journalism Blog, Jan. 16, 2009

The Money Hunt: Spot.Us and Kiva.org Make it Personal
Bill Mitchell, NewsPay, Poynter, Jan. 15, 2009

Rival Newspaper Transformation Plans Take Shape
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, Jan. 15, 2009

The Elusive “Business Model”
Martin Langeveld, News after Newspapers, Jan. 13, 2009

Business Models for News Online – Presentation
Paul Bradshaw, Online Journalism Blog, Jan. 2, 2009

Your Guide to Alternative Business Models for Newspapers
By Mark Glaser, MediaShift, Dec. 18, 2008

New business models for news are not that new
Nikki Usher, OJR, Dec. 17, 2008

Looking for a New Journalism Business Model? Try Cable
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, Dec. 12, 2008

Bill Baker: Is there a nonprofit future for American journalism?
Edward J. Delaney, Nieman Journalism Lab, Dec. 2, 2008

Paying for the News: Five Seeds for the Future of Journalism
Rick Edmonds, The Biz Blog, Poynter, Nov. 21, 2008

Poynter’s “Who Will Pay for the News?” Conference
Bill Densmore, Wiki about the Conference, Nov. 2008

Sustainability: Reporting back from the New Business Models for News Summit
Chris O’Brien, The NewNewsroom Project, Oct. 29, 2008

Out of Print: The Death and Life of the American Newspaper
Eric Alterman, The New Yorker, Mar. 31, 2008

Poynter’s St. Petersburg Times Model Not an Easy Solution for Newspapers
Carolyn Lo, Editors Weblog, Mar. 19, 2008

Where’s the Innovation in Business Models?
Chris O’Brien, Idea Lab, Mar. 13, 2008

New Models for News
The Breaux Symposium, Manship School of Mass Communication,
Louisiana State University, 2008

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