The media upheaval of the last decade has left many journalists without permanent work homes. But they’re still looking for ways to ply their trade. The New York Times looks at one effort that’s taking advantage of the new mobile society:
The magazine, called Nomad Editions and created by a New York start-up of the same name, will feature the work of freelance journalists with expertise in a specific area, like surfing or movies. Every Friday, starting in October, subscribers will receive through a mobile application what amounts to a mini-magazine, focused on their area of interest. Each edition is expected to each take 20 to 30 minutes to read.
Unlike many Web sites that link to other content from their articles, links will not be embedded in the Nomad Editions content, but it will support multimedia like video and audio. The initial “editions” — on food, movies, surfing and viral video — will each contain one or two longer features and four to five shorter articles. After a 30-day free trial, users will be asked to subscribe to 52 weeks of content for an average price of $24 a year for each area, although they can subscribe for three months at a time.
$24 sounds like a reasonable price if the content’s good. The article also mentions that writers will share in the magazine’s subscription and advertising revenue. I hope they succeed. We need good journalism and journalists need to get paid.
You can find out more at ReadNomad.com.