Since the start of the new year, I’ve been thinking about new media.
Not new as in online, but new as in new points of view. New as in new voices.
Ireland needs new media. Though I’m not yet certain exactly what that new media should look like.
In conversations with journalists, I’ve toyed with the idea of publishing one off stories, a variant on kindle singles, published when ready. Then here’s the option of a regular publication, produced monthly, or maybe weekly, supplemented by blog updates between issues. There are a hundred variations on the theme.
The one thing I do know is that publication will be electronic. Screen first, not paper. Not computer, but app ready, a publication for reader screens, whether e-book reader, tablet, or smartphone.
News is approaching a tipping point. More newspapers are moving to subscription models. Andrew Sullivan is experimenting with reader funding. Even Vincent Browne noticed something was up when he wrote about the ‘Barcelona model‘ to fund a ‘Sunday People’s Post’.
So it’s time to put my money where mouth is. Except, I don’t really have that much money to put anywhere.
But I have to try. So crowdfunding, here I come.