Slate launches a metered paywall to draw more membership revenue from readers, not just listeners

A publication’s paying subscribers may be just a sliver of the “monthly uniques” touted on press releases, but they’re a critically important one. The monthly or annual charges on their credit cards are the steadiest revenue stream available to most media companies — especially compared to, say, advertising sales during a pandemic. That stability is…

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“This time is different”: In Seattle, social distancing forces The Stranger to make a coronavirus plea

In a memo to staff, The New York Times called the coronavirus “an enormous story, a once-in-a-generation crisis that inevitably touches everyone’s lives.” And it’s already touching — and threatening — the life of some small publications. The Stranger, the 28-year-old alt-(bi)weekly based in Seattle, has posted a plea for contributions on its social media…

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