I’ve mentioned before that I am pulling together an event 9/9 at the Enquirer Media offices, the News 2.0 Forum, where people inside and outside our news organization will give five minute presentations on their perception of “the future of news”. We’ve got a great lineup ready from quite few different perspectives (I’ll post it when it’s finalized).
Anyway, I’m preparing my own five minute presentation on possible future business models. For some reason, I was crazy enough to volunteer to set up this event, emcee it and do a presentation (all of this the night before I leave for a long vacation).
Because I know the few (but elite!) readers of this blog are pretty savvy folks, I figured I’d ask you for your input on my presentation.
Here’s the models I’m focusing on:
1. The continuation of an advertising supported model. Using examples like HuffPo, West Seattle Blog, Gawker to show that ad support can work – but you need to be pretty well streamlined to make that happen.
2. The grant-funded model (e.g Pro Publica, Common Language project).
3. The membership/subscription based model.
4. Micropayments of all kinds.
5. Offering other products/services to support news operations.
So what am I missing here? Remember, it’s five minutes, so let’s not get crazy.