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Digital News/Media Coops: A Better Future?

Short thesis

Can digital news/media coops succeed where other start up models failed? This panel will explore the various types of news and other media co-operatives which operate on the basis of shared ownership and redistribution of profits among members. What determines success or failure? What does a sustainable digital media co-op look like? Can this alternative business model produce better contents? How can new digital platforms, such as Patreon, support new media co-op initiatives? This panel will address these questions through a discussion between invited panellists representing news/media co-ops and through exchanges with the audience.

Description

News and other media cooperatives are springing up like never before, enabled by the possibilities of the internet and digital connectivity. Cooperatives have long been considered more resilient in times of crisis, while they are also associated with a greater degree of satisfaction for members-workers. A co-operative structure, where ownership and profits are shared by the members rather than extracted and given to shareholders, may be more appropriate for news and other media that function as public goods. Moreover, a cooperative offers some protection to precarious media workers and may also engage with publics in more innovative and creative ways, inviting them to be more actively involved in the production process.  However, following the power law that structures much of the internet, there are a few successful co-ops and a lot of failed or stagnant initiatives. What determines success or failure? What does a sustainable digital media co-op look like? Can this alternative business model produce better contents? How can new digital platforms, such as Patreon, support new media co-op initiatives? This panel will address these questions through a discussion between invited panellists representing news/media co-ops and through exchanges with the audience. 

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