As Journal-isms editor Richard Prince looks for a new home and new business model for his column, he and a team of supporters are surveying their options with an eye toward experimentation to figure out the best approach.
“We’re holding talks with potential partners about hosting the column; discussing how best to reach out to advertisers, examining whether a subscription model would be best, and other possibilities,” he tells FishbowlDC via email.
This is something that Prince has been thinking about for some time now. He had made a crowdsourced appeal for ideas at a 2013 NABJ Hall of Fame gala during an award acceptance speech. “Journal-isms should be a financially solvent institution with others waiting in the wings to carry on its work,” he said back then, a foreshadowing of what was to come.
The break with the Maynard Institute makes that task of figuring out a new model more urgent, and Prince is welcoming ideas from all corners.
“I hope Fishbowl readers will volunteer their own ideas,” he writes. “One of the most consistent comments I’ve received is that Journal-isms is one of a kind; something in which readers feel they have a stake. It would be wonderful if readers had a hand in shaping the business model, just as they do the content.”
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