Would a demonstration issue increase the level of subscriptions in a crowdfunding round for a newsmag?
The problem such an issue faces is it would have to be comment based, and comment is precisely what I’m trying to get away from.
Breaking news is an impossibility for print any more, and effectively that means online too. News breaks on radio or tv, or on the newspaper’s website. Print sums it up, first with a synopsis on its website, then either the next day or following Sunday in print.
But with the exception of the major front page stories, little of it is covered in depth, and a lot of stuff barely merits more than a sidebar rewrite of the press release before it’s forgotten. I want a magazine that looks in-depth at the stories that are unknown, or undercovered.
As ever, the small size of the Irish market is an issue. Anything less regular than weekly is an eternity online, but I’m not sure a substantial product can be produced more frequently than monthly. Maybe the best plan is to launch with an appeal for subscriptions through a crowdfund for a monthly product, to be upgraded to fortnightly/weekly is there’s sufficient interest.