Journalism — particularly local news — was already under severe economic pressure before the pandemic shuttered 60 newsrooms and led to thousands of layoffs and furloughs. The old business models aren’t working. What might?
Join Poynter senior faculty Joie Chen as she speaks with Chris Horne, founder and president of The Devil Strip news cooperative in Akron, Ohio, and Laura Frank, executive director of COLab, the nonprofit Colorado News Collaborative, a coalition that unites journalists from more than 100 newsrooms, about business models that could redefine the future of journalism.
What is a news “cooperative”? Horne will explain what it means to lead a news organization owned and governed by its readers. How can a coalition model serve its local news audience and build community? Frank will talk about the lessons she’s learning as the inaugural executive director of the COLab.
Both Horne and Frank are entrepreneurs dedicated to shaping a new future for local news. Let’s learn from their experiences.
Journalists, educators and citizens interested in the future of news are invited to tune in for this free On Poynt session on Thursday, April 22 at noon Eastern time.
About On Poynt
In 2021, our On Poynt series will feature timely interviews with journalists for the story behind the story of the latest breaking news, moderated by Poynter experts.
In this special four-part special series, On Poynt is teaming up with Poynter’s “Locally” to consider — through live conversations and reported storytelling — the newsroom of the future and the challenges ahead as more journalists are able to return to in-person work.
These sessions will address critical questions for news organizations and journalists in the months ahead, such as: what’s been lost and gained, how workplace culture has changed, potential funding models and the fate of the physical newsroom.
These sessions are free to attend and will include time for Q&A at the end.
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