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These Online Publications Are Not Free … and Readers Don’t Mind

Technology
The Daily Memphian, a nonprofit news site in Memphis, is also part of the wave, with readers contributing the bulk of its revenue. It started in 2018 in response to the shrinking of the local newspaper, The Commercial Appeal. Nearly 17,000 subscribers pay $99 per year (or $12.99 per month) for The Memphian, and they have renewed their subscriptions at a rate of 90 percent, said Eric Barnes, the publication’s chief executive. Ad sales, sponsorships and donations cover the rest of a $5 million annual budget that supports a newsroom of 38.Updated Oct. 4, 2021, 5:57 p.m. ET“People paid for news for decades,” Mr. Barnes said. “Why can’t they pay for it now?”The imperative to hold on to subscribers has influenced The Memphian’s journalism, he added, bringing an emphasis on straightforward a...
Our Window of Climate Opportunity

Our Window of Climate Opportunity

Technology, World
“We are facing this massive global systems challenge. If that doesn’t make you feel small … if you’re not feeling grief, rage, anxiety, or some mixture of both of those things, you’re probably not paying attention,” said Dr. Katharine K. Wilkinson, co-author of “All We Can Save,” an anthology of climate writing and solutions we recommended in the newsletter a few weeks ago.But the report also offers a “glimmer of hope,” as Henry Fountain, our guest and climate correspondent, said. “For years, thinking about climate change has left me with a sense of paralysis, but this week was clarifying,” producer Diana Nguyen added. “We learned that it’s not too late to stave off the worst possible outcomes of a warming world.”Avoiding the worst — 2, 3 or even 4 degrees Celsius of warming — will require...
Facebook Unveils ‘Bulletin,’ a Newsletter Tool to Compete With Substack

Facebook Unveils ‘Bulletin,’ a Newsletter Tool to Compete With Substack

Technology
Facebook debuted a newsletter subscription service on Tuesday, an attempt to court influential writers to its platform as more creators branch out from traditional publications and go independent.To jump-start the service, called Bulletin, Facebook spent months recruiting dozens of writers across different categories — including sports, entertainment, science and health — paying them upfront to bring their readers to Facebook’s platform. The writers include the New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell, the author Mitch Albom, and the organizational psychologist Adam Grant. Facebook plans to expand the program and partner with more writers over time, including those who focus on local news.“The goal here is to support millions of people doing creative work,” Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive o...
Why We’re Freaking Out About Substack

Why We’re Freaking Out About Substack

Business
Isaac Saul, who told me his nonpartisan political newsletter Tangle brought in $190,000 in its first year, wrote recently that he came to Substack “specifically to avoid being associated with anyone else” after being frustrated by readers’ assumptions about his biases when he worked for HuffPost.One of the writers who left Substack over transgender issues, Jude Doyle, argued that its system of advances amounted to a kind of editorial policy. But the analogy to a media company isn’t clear. Grace Lavery said she wanted Substack to be more aggressive about stopping harassment, but said she didn’t think threats to boycott the email service over writers she disagrees with made political sense. She has had bitter public disputes with other Substack writers, including the journalist Jesse Singal,...