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Challenges of local press — first-hand account from The Denver Post reporterJanuary 16, 2018 at 12:41am
An insightful thread that highlights some interesting differences in the publisher and readers' perspectives: https://twitter.com/johningold/status/952907978872532992
January 18, 2018 at 3:47am
I would have never considered the DP post small by any means but it is in a sizeable market that makes me pause. Not because a reporter sees the writing on the wall if the financials don't change but because other papers will experience this - if they haven't already. The biggest problem is not exactly with the paper itself but this reality that people feel that have the right to "free" news. And they do to an extent - but it comes at a cost.
Go on Facebook (FB) and see "10 things to do this summer" with heaps of ads adjacent to a slideshow OR read about a local zoning law? TBH, neither sound fun but I'm willing to pay for the latter information. I'm willing to pay to be apart of my community. But what should happen, I hope, is that publications will bounce back after they lose significant web traffic from FB and Google's new algorithm updates. I hope that communities come together to create a "buy in" and, hopefully, create a sustainable model without ads.