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With Metro D.C. Cool to Community News, One Publisher Pulls Back to Profitable Niches

Tom Grubisich

With Metro D.C. Cool to Community News, One Publisher Pulls Back to Profitable Niches

Local News Now seemed to be on an expansion trajectory earlier in the decade with two sites in Northern Virginia and two in the District of Columbia. But today the company has just two — and while they’re both profitable, founder Scott Brodbeck isn’t thinking of launching more sites anytime soon.

‘Indie’ Local News Now Finds Profitability in Affluent-but-Challenging D.C. Market

Tom Grubisich

‘Indie’ Local News Now Finds Profitability in Affluent-but-Challenging D.C. Market

2015 was a big year for independent community news publisher Scott Brodbeck and his Local News Now sites in metro Washington, D.C. We checked in with Brodbeck recently to see what makes him succeed in the tough business of community news, and as a self-financed independent, no less…

Could a Hybrid Model Scale Community News and Keep the Passion?

Tom Grubisich

Could a Hybrid Model Scale Community News and Keep the Passion?

Neither big media nor independent journalistic entrepreneurs have succeeded in finding a scalable model for hyperlocal news and information. So why couldn’t we try a hybrid approach that adopts what’s best about each? It begins with editor-publishers who have a passionate commitment to community, and would be balanced by a scaled business model that will pay attention to cost curves and be open to new revenue opportunities…

Street Fight Daily: Square’s New Reader, Layoffs At Clinkle

The Editors

Street Fight Daily: Square’s New Reader, Layoffs At Clinkle

A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal publishing, marketing, commerce, and technology.New Square Reader Offers Better Performance, Thinner Design (PCMag)… 6 Mobile Payment Solutions for Restaurants and Bars (Street Fight)… Uber’s CEO Hints That It Could Branch Out Into Other On-Demand Transport And Delivery Services (TheNextWeb)…