Facebook Is Helping Local News Publishers Get More Digital Subscribers

Former New York Times executive Tim Griggs is leading the initiative

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Facebook is putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to supporting local news publishers, putting $3 million toward helping some of them boost their digital subscription totals.

Head of news partnerships Campbell Brown announced in a blog post that the Facebook Journalism Project launched a $3 million, three-month Local News Subscriptions Accelerator, which will work with several metropolitan news organizations on building their digital customer acquisitions on and off the social network.

Tim Griggs—former publisher and chief operating officer of The Texas Tribune and, prior to that, executive director, cross-platform monetization at The New York Times—is the program lead for the Local News Subscriptions Accelerator, and participants at launch are:

  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • The Boston Globe
  • Chicago Tribune
  • The Dallas Morning News
  • The Denver Post
  • The Inquirer (Philadelphia)
  • Miami Herald
  • Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.)


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