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Ted Williams proved local news can be profitable. Now, he’ll try to replicate the success for Axios.

There’s been a glut of new initiatives focused on newsletters and local news. Nieman Lab has written about a bunch of them, including Tiny News Collective, Substack Local, IndieGraf, Overstory, and whatever Facebook’s up to here. One of the most promising of the bunch is Axios Local. Late last year, the news organization known for its scoops and skim-friendly articles kicked off its local efforts by acquiring The Charlotte Agenda,...

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A “state hijacking” in Belarus shows how far its autocratic regime will go to stop dissident journalists

One consequence of the internet’s aversion to international borders has been a recognition that one nation’s laws restricting basic freedoms can have global effects. When China blocks an American social network, it is restricting both what its citizens hear from elsewhere and what the rest of the world hears from Chinese citizens. When Egypt tried to turn off the Internet during the Arab Spring, it limited the flow of information...

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How New Naratif reframed its pitch to members

I joined New Naratif as membership engagement manager three years ago, which is apparently about as long as jobs like mine have existed in media. My time at New Naratif, a member-funded news site that covers Southeast Asia, has been a process of trial and error in figuring out the engagement part of my title. We knew that making membership feel exclusive in some way was the key to attracting and retaining members. But what exactly was...