3 to read: News war | Charging readers, big time | Transforming Rolling Stone

By Matt Carroll <@MattCData>

Sept. 1, 2018: Cool stuff about journalism, once a week. Get notified via email? Subscribe: 3toread (at) gmail. Originally published on 3toread.co

  1. A decades-old newspaper battle rambles on in small-town PA: Newspaper wars? They’re still a thing? Yep, at least in a few places. Here’s a visit to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the country’s smallest city with two competing daily papers. It’s a nasty fight — which of course makes it all the more interesting. Good story by Dan Eldridge for CJR.

2. Making it work — by charging business subscribers $695 a year: It’s increasingly clear that advertising for news sites will not be a major revenue stream. But charging readers seems to be viable. The latest evidence is the Innovation Leader, a business-focused publication founded by Scott Kirsner, which charges its readers $695 a year. It’s working, apparently. An interesting take on building a strong vertical by Simon Owens on for The Business of Content.

3. The Women Who Transformed Rolling Stone in the Mid-70s: A fun piece about how a handful of women helped transform the amateurish (if fun) old boy atmosphere at Rolling Stone magazine, back when it was a rock ’n’ roll must read. By Jessica Hopper for Vanity Fair.

Extra read: Let me sum this up with one word: Appalling: California man arrested on charges of threatening to shoot Boston Globe employees he called ‘enemy of the people’.

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