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Old 03-17-2009, 01:19 PM   #1
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Default OT: Does "IN Denver Times" have a chance?

Does anyone think the former "Rocky" employees can make this online news organization work? They have a goal of getting 50,000 people to suscribe to their news organization by April 23.


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IwantmyRocky.com and other former Rocky Mountain News staff members announced a plan to start an online news site backed by three local entrepreneurs. We need 50,000 subscribers by April 23, the 150th anniversary of the first edition of the Rocky, in order to go with a launch of a new site at www.indenvertimes.com on May 4. Please support us by subscribing here, and in the meantime enjoy the news on this temporary site.
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Pretty ambitious IMO to get 50,000 subscribers in a month.
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Old 03-17-2009, 01:25 PM   #2
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Seems to me they set a goal high hoping to get something a little lower. but if you shoot for 30,000 you are only going to get 15,000. I would be more apt to pledge if Lee Rasizer were on their list.
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Old 03-17-2009, 01:28 PM   #3
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Drudge started something similar and became the most powerful online news source in America. There's a market for it.
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Drudge started something similar and became the most powerful online news source in America. There's a market for it.
If done well the RMN have the talent.
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Drudge started something similar and became the most powerful online news source in America. There's a market for it.
True. But far as I know Drudge isn't charging 4.99 for a subscription and has to pay a variety of writers/columnists.
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Only if they're light weight...

I hope they make it. But they're going to have to be lightweight...
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If it takes off they will drop the subscription because they can make money from ad clicks.
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Old 03-17-2009, 01:53 PM   #8
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I don't believe they do. I forget which one it was, either Salon or Slate, started off as a pay service and gathered an "epic" team of writers. Their model totally failed and now they are free with ads. Same thing will happen to In Denver Times, if they even get off the ground. There's just too much free information out there. I don't see a market for a $5 a month news source.
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What they should do is offer it for free, but open the door for regulars to post content along with the writers. If the regular Joes get selected and their articles drive traffic/revenue then they should pay those content contributors based on the traffic or revenue they generate.

Opening up the content contribution to everyday people would alone drive traffic and would be enticing to Advertisers.
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I highly doubt that this model can make it.

The New York Times tried with a similar subscription fee service and dropped it soon after. Even the Wall Street Journal is thinking on dropping their fees. Say what you will about the content of these newspapers, but they had national recognition. The Rocky writers won't get very many people outside of Colorado.

There is a reason why no newspapers in the country charge for news.
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Only if they're light weight...

I hope they make it. But they're going to have to be lightweight...
Agree. The online news market is going to be a lot like the early E-craze. Those who start out on a shoestring budget and grow like an actual business grows will have a shot at hanging in there.
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Only if they're light weight...

I hope they make it. But they're going to have to be lightweight...

Here is the staff...I think.

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Sam Adams, Tom Auclair, Lisa Bornstein, Mark Brown, Tim Burroughs,
Mary Chandler, Mark Christopher, Kevin Flynn, Tillie Fong, Steve Foster,
Scott Gilbert, Chuck Hickey, Cindy House, Kevin Huhn, Kim Humphreys,
Jay Lee, Aaron Lopez, Gary Massaro, David Milstead, John Moore, Alex Neth,
Melissa Pomponio, Bill Scanlon, Hank Schultz, Marc Shulgold,
Ed Stein, George Tanner, Chris Tomasson, Bob Willis and Mark Wolf.

Not exactly lightweight to me.
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