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Robin Good's insight:
The Atlantic launches this week a paid, weekly curated selection of its best stories called the Atlantic Weekly.
From AdWeek: "The Atlantic Weekly will collect the week's best stories from TheAtlantic.com, The Atlantic Wire and The Atlantic Cities, as well as selections from its In Focus photo blog and an article from the magazine’s archive (reproduced as it originally appeared in print), reformatted as a magazine for the iPad and iPhone.
...will cost $1.99 for a single issue. Readers can also subscribe for $2.99 a month or $19.99 a year."
The reason for choosing this new direction sums up to this confession from editor in chief James Bennet: "Our concern has been that some of our better [online] pieces can get lost during the week, and that we’re not serving our readers as well on the weekend when there is time to lean back and digest a good idea."
"...will users pay for a magazine filled mostly with content that they can access for free on the Web?"
What do you think?
Original reporting from Adweek: http://www.adweek.com/news/press/atlantic-launches-paid-product-150392
Robin Good: At GigaOM, Mathew Ingram has a very good article on online newspapers and their rising problem with monetization.
If I had to synthesize its content and re-title it, I would write: "Traffic Is Worth Zero If You Are Looking for New Revenues - Try The Open Journalism Model".
Here a few key excerpts from the original article: "The problem for both the Post and the Guardian is the same as that confronting virtually every other major newspaper: print-advertising revenue, which a majority of papers rely on for the bulk of their income, continues to fall off a very large cliff..."
The alternatives, non-standard solutions, may be using the so-called Open Journalism model.
"Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger described them fairly succinctly...
in a nutshell, readers can contribute by providing their time, their information or their money.
"...trying to increase the ways in which its readers can contribute to or become involved in news stories — including opening up its story-assignment schedule to the public for commentary."
"...think of the relationship with readers as being about more than just money, and then let the monetization flow out of that relationship, rather than the reverse."
"...try the “reverse paywall” method suggested by Jeff Jarvis and former Washington Post managing editor Raju Narisetti...
...that encourages readers to “level up” and provide either more information about themselves or more effort in a variety of ways, and then gives them benefits as a result."
Truthful. Insightful. 9/10