Facing Shutdowns and Stagnating Readership, Independent Publications are Finding New Life on Medium

Neil Miller was in crisis mode.

At the end of 2015, the 32-year-old founder of Film School Rejects was watching the movie site he’d founded more than a decade ago slide slowly into stagnation.

Traffic began to plateau. Ad-blocking cut into the site’s profits. The feast-or-famine cycle of digital advertising forced him to consider a major change — loading up the site with ads, cutting staff or even selling the site outright, something he said he’d never do.

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