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  •  Are on-line newpapers viable economically? (0+ / 0-)

    By which I mean, does anyone know if on-line editions will actually be able to pay reporters, or at least writers?  I've been wondering that for some time.

    And, of course, I'm sorry for your (our) loss.

    The only frame change that matters: the corporate media = propaganda machine. Americans must find their news elsewhere.

    by geomoo on Thu Feb 07, 2008 at 11:50:52 PM PST

    •  good question (2+ / 0-)
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      a gilas girl, geomoo

      John Nichols was on the local progressive radio station this morning and he made a good point.  If you believe the internet is here to stay, then this will be (eventually) economically successful.

      One thing the CapTimes has going for it is that it is owned by the Evjue Foundation and has an endowment that can help it blaze the trail from dead trees to web.  So more than many other papers who are first and foremost driven by profit, the Cap Times has breathing room to invest and make this work.

      Here's hoping.

      dissent not only welcome... but encouraged

      by newfie53523 on Fri Feb 08, 2008 at 06:50:38 AM PST

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    •  This one should be viable (1+ / 0-)
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      The Capital Times gets lots of money from its longtime contract with the Wisconsin State Journal -- a very complicated setup in which they split all revenues.  So money wasn't really the problem. It was the inefficiency of having a large staff putting out a good newspaper for a dwindling circulation.  
      Under the new plan, the paper will get a lot more bang (readers) for its investment and effort.
      There'll be a good-size, pretty well paid newsroom staff devoted to a cutting-edge, constantly updated Web site and two widely distributed weekly tabloids focusing on its areas of greatest expertise.    
      This is a ground-breaking plan. Journalists all over the country will be watching it closely.

      •  Very interesting. (1+ / 0-)
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        I hope it all works out so that good writers get paid for their work and progressive views are broadcast.  Thanks for the encouraging information.

        The only frame change that matters: the corporate media = propaganda machine. Americans must find their news elsewhere.

        by geomoo on Fri Feb 08, 2008 at 10:27:29 PM PST

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      •  indeed (0+ / 0-)

        This has the makings of the coolest thing to happen in the "newspaper" business that I've seen since color pictures.  And the Cap Times staff is so good that I think this has a great chance for success.

        Being Madison will help.   WXXM-FM (The Mic 92.1), the progressive station that carrries Air America programming as well as Stephanie Miller and Ed Schultz, has shown amazing tenacity.  It has been able to make it to where it is because of strong audience issue in competing points of view.

        It's not easy being a trailblazer.  Skeptics abound.  But if it works -- and I think it will -- then who cares what detractors say now.

        dissent not only welcome... but encouraged

        by newfie53523 on Mon Feb 11, 2008 at 05:30:10 AM PST

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        •  A toast to the Cap Times for being so innovative (1+ / 0-)
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          and gutsy in its determination to carry on its 90-year-old Progressive legacy.  
          You're right, there are skeptics. But also many who are full of praise. An impressed higher-up at Editor & Publisher said that "this could be the newspaper story of the year."
          A local conservative columnist openly expressed worry about the Cap Times reaching 80,000 State Journal readers twice a week, plus widespread free distribution on news racks. (Guess he fears Progressive views are contagious, which they are.)  
          It'll be a fun ride, starting April 30.
          Enjoyed your comments, geomoo and newfie.

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