You can buy your newsmag subscription once you decide on the tradeoff between how much you want to spend and how much you want to save. It costs more for an annual subscription, but it costs more per issue for a shorter period. But before the newsmag gets that far, it needs its initial capital.… Continue reading A word from our sponsors
It’s been a busy week, between Freelance Forum and its aftermath, and a few other things. But there was one advantage to being busy doing other things. Without the newsmag constantly to the forefront of my mind, occasional thoughts would pop up from angles I hadn’t considered before. Given the week that’s in it –… Continue reading Do the research
This is a brief question aimed at fellow journalists, less that two hundred words, but one of the biggest one I need an answer to at present. What is an article worth to you? How much would I have to pay you for an exclusive story, whether a long investigative piece, or an in-depth interview, or… Continue reading Filling in a spreadsheet
Does your company produce corporate knick-knacks? Ballpoint pens with company logos perhaps, or branded USB sticks, or coffee mugs. Or maybe you print t-shirts. Because if so, I think I’d like to talk to you. There’s a convention that kick starter contributors receive ‘rewards’ for their money, like those I’ve mentioned above. Producing a newsmag,… Continue reading Freebies
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… Continue reading Get one free?
How do you price an online newsmag? I’ve run through various models, but I keep coming back to one key figure: €52 a year. Just a euro a week, as the marketers would promote it. [Update: €52 a year isn’t quite working on the spreadsheets; a euro a week may not pay for the level… Continue reading A word’s worth
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) regulates every television and radio broadcaster in Ireland. It is a statutory body. The Irish Press Council, recognised by statute, regulates newspapers (though not all of them – papers can decide to opt in or opt out.) The Press Council also accepts web-based publications, though only one is listed… Continue reading Who’s in charge?
As a weekend roundup, a few stories (not all of them new) about investigative journalism that caught my attention recently… Shoe leather and paywalls: A French website exposes corruption and shakes up the political scene. De Correspondent: A Dutch news site raises €1 million through crowdfunding. Reboot the news: What If Publishers Could Start From… Continue reading The investigative space
I’m heading to Cork Startup this weekend. Which means I need a sixty second pitch. Here goes. I could build you a newspaper in the morning. Counterpose government and opposition press releases to create a conflict. Add police reports, and a handful of EU, quango, and NGO reports. Then there’s the PR filler, a mix… Continue reading First draft
I really liked the poetry of a news/publishing company owned by its members/subscribers, but it isn’t going to happen. Put simply, the legal hoops such a company would face, from restrictions on its ability to finance itself to limits on the numbers of members, mean that creating such a creature would be an unwieldy, time-consuming,… Continue reading Public property