Business models

25 ideas nonprofit newsrooms can't afford to ignore

Diversify revenue streams. Train from within. Make the most of metrics. Sometimes the simplest ideas can be the most effective. A small group from Poynter visited a dozen nonprofit and for-profit news organizations in 2015 to gather information to share at this week's Nonprofit News Exchange. Here are 25 ideas, observed at many of the places we visited, that anyone … Read More

Philly media owner explored a nonprofit path

The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News building is seen in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)The owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com has given thought to shifting to non-profit ownership status, aligning with Temple University. It was unclear Thursday whether discussions held by H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest  go beyond the theoretical at this point . Read More

Publishers' 'mobile gap' with revenues painfully persists

The Wall Street Journal The mobile conundrum persists with traditional and online publishers: nice audience growth, sluggish revenues. "News and information outlets ranging from the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to Business Insider and About.com all can point to rapid growth in mobile usage," The Wall Street Journal writes Monday. "Time spent on publishers’ mobile offerings … Read More

To boost local journalism, Steven Waldman proposes an AmeriCorps for reporters

Steve WaldmanFour years ago Steven Waldman documented in a report for the Federal Communications Commission the erosion of local journalism as newspapers' business fortunes declined. Now he is suggesting a remedy -- a non-profit Report for America organization, modeled on AmeriCorps and Teach for America. Waldman summarized the idea in an article yesterday for CJR and is … Read More

What Marc Andreessen got right and got wrong in his future of news manifesto

When the history of journalism's turnaround is written some years hence, I think 2013 and 2014 will go down as years when Internet billionaires, the new Carnegies and Rockefellers, stepped into the fray in a big way -- Jeff Bezos, Pierre Omidyar (and let's not forget more traditional rich guys John Henry and Warren Buffett). Now … Read More

Why is local news innovation struggling financially while national thrives?

On the national level, we’ve seen an exciting burst of investment and innovation in digital news. The New York Times crowed that “Web News Is Thriving,” the evidence being that Ezra Klein, the wonk’s wonk, is starting an explanatory journalism venture at Vox Media. This comes soon after the news that eBay founder Pierre Omidyar is doing a massive $250 million investment in a new journalism project. And the success of BuzzFeed, Upworthy and Huffington Post has showed that content oriented sites can be business successes. But the headlines are bleaker when it comes to local news. With a fresh round of layoffs, Patch has now purged three-quarters of its workforce. Main Street Connect, a platform for local news that got much attention a few years ago, filed for bankruptcy in May 2013. Read More

Future of News Audiences: what's next as young fail to become strong news consumers

Paul Taylor, executive vice president of special projects at the Pew Research Center, talks about demographic trends impacting the news industry, at a Poynter discussion moderated by Jill Geisler, Poynter senior faculty, leadership and management. Journalism executives and other participants at Poynter's Future of News Audiences conference heard Sunday night what some would have preferred not … Read More