We reported recently on Jan Schaffer’s (J-Lab) findings in her research on community news sites. Alan Mutter (Reflections of a Newsosaur) chimes in with his comments, particularly about the economic sustainability of such projects. One-third of organizations funded by J-Lab’s New Voices have gone belly up, and the rest survive because of sacrifices made by the organizers–as in little or no pay.
Yet Mutter points out that the survival rate of the New Voices projects mirrors that of American small business start-ups.
So how can community news sites become businesses without sacrificing their, um, souls?
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