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September 11, 2013 10:53 AM   Subscribe

Gabriel Stein reflects on the end of the The Rocky Mountain News, his father's decades-long career there as an editorial cartoonist, and the silver lining he sees in the billionaire acquisitions of The Washington Post and The Boston Globe.
posted by audi alteram partem (8 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
I mocked it when it debuted, but I'm increasingly wondering if a NYT style soft paywall isn't the way to go. It's a bit like nag ware, which seems to have done OK in the software world.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 11:17 AM on September 11, 2013


Of all the papers I've read in the various places I've lived, the Rocky Mountain News was my favorite. I'm sorry to hear of its demise.
posted by fogovonslack at 11:23 AM on September 11, 2013


I'm increasingly wondering if a NYT style soft paywall isn't the way to go. It's a bit like nag ware, which seems to have done OK in the software world.

Freemium's where it's at now, baby!

e.g.: "Would you like to purchase a sexy outfit for the NY Times story you're reading for 99¢?"
posted by fairmettle at 12:16 PM on September 11, 2013


What newspaper / magazine / website would you pay for to support these days?

I cancelled my paper New York Times subscription after they dragged us into the Iraq war, and haven't forgiven them since.

I'd love to throw some money at someone doing good journalism.
posted by bottlebrushtree at 12:27 PM on September 11, 2013


And this is published on Medium, a great piece of software that seems to as yet not have any business model in mind either.

As someone very much inside this funnel, I despair of any easy answer for the (literally) life or death question: How can we afford to keep making real news?
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:29 PM on September 11, 2013


I'd love to throw some money at someone doing good journalism.

The Guardian and the NYRB are, IMO, doing good - and important - journalism.
posted by crazy_yeti at 2:22 PM on September 11, 2013


many, many, many, many mornings on my days off...usually weds-Friday...I would syart my day at Mama's Café on E. Colfax with a RMN. A big plate of pancakes and eggs and whatever else...they used to have superb link sausages.....I loved the RMN because it was printed tabloid style...easy reading while eating. Sadly I hear Mama's has gone downhill...but back in 2007 or so...WOW....just WOW. I mis the Rocky Mountain News
posted by shockingbluamp at 3:40 PM on September 11, 2013


It's a bit like nag ware, which seems to have done OK in the software world.

The problem with this is it's exchanging dimes for dollars.

It was never about the single copy sales. It's always been about advertising. People don't value web ads. They don't pay for them. Subscription models won't even generate enough cash to pay the CEO's annual bonus.
posted by cjorgensen at 4:54 PM on September 11, 2013


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