Delivering news onto a digital porch

This summer for Innovation in Focus we are exploring news organizations which function through new, emerging or unique revenue models. The Colorado Sun is a journalist-owned and run, ad-free news site based in Denver that was launched on September 10, 2018. Their newsroom consists of 11 full time journalists. I spoke with Dana Coffield and Larry … Continued

The contributor model

Rhett Power, Moderator, Columnist at CNBC, Moderator Rajul Varshneya, Columnist at Forbes Whitney Evans, KSL.com with Deseret Digital Media One of the emerging content plays taking root is the “contributor model.” Low-cost, highly targeted, and leveraging the power of influencers and thought leaders, this content thrives on sites ranging from Inc. to Forbes to CNBC … Continued

Winning the niche

Chris Sheridan, Wake Forest University/Formerly, ESPN and CNBC, moderator James daSilva, SmartBrief Mark Babbitt, President, Switch and Shift Nathan Byrne, Newsy Brian Morrissey, President/Editor-in-Chief, DigiDay Media While some content streams seem saturated and almost impervious to new players, other content streams are rich and ripe for expansion and even monetization. And it’s not just sports … Continued

Emerging payment platforms and strategies

David Gehring, Relay Media, moderator Cosmin Ene, LaterPay Raju Narisetti, Gizmodo Bill Densmore, RJI Dan Peskorse, Invisibly, Inc. Pay models are evolving as more and more testing indicates users are interested in paying for valuable, relevant content that fits within their framework of consent. New payments models range from per-use micropayments, to more scaled subscription … Continued

Syndicators, agencies and distribution channels

Jim Flink, RJI, moderator Andy Sareyan, McMeel Publishing  Jenn Stenger, NewsCred John Rampton, Founder, Due While much of content is built around per-use, micropayments and subscriptions, there are other pots of potential revenue that lie outside of what journalists may presently be considering. We’ll surf the scene from syndicators to agencies to alternative platforms and … Continued

Old guard, new models

Victor Hernandez, Banjo, moderator Jeff Sonderman, American Press Institute Kate Butler, Associated Press Seth Rogin, Nucleus Marketing Mark Maassen, Missouri Press Association While traditional platforms and channels still make up the bulwark of monetization streams for the “old guard” in media, many are seeking new, alternative revenue streams, some of while fall well outside of … Continued

Funding the membership and nonprofit models

Ken Doctor, Newsonomics, moderator Sue Cross, Institute for Nonprofit News Dr. Crystal Rose, OZY Media Brant Houston, Co-Founder, INN While not new, membership models and nonprofit news consortia and strategies are an emergent theme, as news organizations leverage their connections and synergistic alliances to create both cost-savings and cost-enhancements. We delve into how the non-profit/membership models … Continued

Ken Doctor keynote

On Oct. 12, 2017, Ken Doctor of Newsonomics delivered the keynote address at Revenue Models that Work at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism.

How four media organizations are using events to raise revenue, engage audiences

Producing events is one opportunity for news outlets to generate additional revenue and build relationships with audiences. A panel of news and advertising executives spoke about their local events during Revenue Models That Work, which was held Oct. 12-13 at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Panelists were Lyndsi Lane, vice president of GateHouse Live; … Continued

More trust + more collaboration = more revenue

Revenue generation can be a complex landscape for digital publishers, especially those in small operations. Should you hire a sales team? Use programmatic advertising? Rely on affiliate marketing? Offer native advertising? Can the sales team collaborate and brainstorm with the news team? There’s much to sort out and consider for startup digital publishers trying to … Continued