One of the evergreen questions Editor & Publisher ponders as we chronicle today’s business of news is: How will newsrooms — now and in the future — be funded? As we stand, one quarter into 2023, it felt timely to reach out to news publishers to hear their goals for revenue this year; how their newsrooms may benefit from philanthropic support; and if they’re counting on legislative relief to come from state or federal governments.
The Baltimore Beat was published for about five months in 2017 before the publisher decided to stop publication. But Lisa Snowden, editor, knew there was a niche and a need in Baltimore for another Black community-focused news outlet — in addition to the Baltimore-based 130-year-old The AFRO. She began studying nonprofit news models.
E&P interviews five of the six news publishing disruptors who’ve banded together to form the Alliance for Sustainable Local News, a diverse group that are collaborating to build a "genuine, sustainable local news publishing business model." Discover more about their methods and goals, from the Baltimore Banner’s Imtiaz Patel, The Colorado Sun’s Larry Ryckman, the Daily Memphian’s Eric Barnes, Long Beach Post’s David Sommers, and Lookout Local’s Ken Doctor.
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