Civil Beat: Still Not Disclosing Subscription Numbers, But Still Hanging In There

Civil Beat founders Pierre Omidyar and Randy Ching are “very satisfied with the kind of engagement we’re getting” on the paywalled site, according to editor John Temple in a new interview with NetNewsCheck.

The site costs $20 a month to access, which critics have said is quite a lot. But “Membership is not really a measure we’re talking about,” Temple told NetNewsCheck.

On the other hand, the site launched last May and employs 14 journalists. And unlike certain other well-heralded startups we could mention, Civil Beat doesn’t seem close to pulling the plug.

Gerald Kato, associate journalism professor at the University of Hawaii is one of the site’s somewhat admiring critics. “On the surface, it doesn’t seem to have a lot of subscribers,” he said. But, he added, “They’ve gone on longer than I thought they would.”