The news media business was in bad shape before the coronavirus started, but the sector has been ravaged by the pandemic. The industry is clearly in urgent need of structural change and cannot simply return to business as usual.
In this free Bristol Cable webinar, we ask: what role can reader-owned media play in sustaining journalism and rebuilding trust with readers to deliver public interest reporting?
The Cable’s staff will share insights into how the reader owned media co-op actually works, from editorial decision making to member engagement and operations.
We'll be joined by community shares expert Dave Boyle, who has worked on some of the UK’s highest profile share issues and will share his views on how the media sector can realistically reimagine its business model.
There will not be any sugar-coating. This is not a silver bullet solution. We will review with concrete examples the opportunities and pitfalls of the co-operative model, based on our experiences.
This is aimed at independent media organisations, small or large, journalists, editors and anyone committed to building a resilient and accountable press to serve the public interest.
We'll be covering (briefly!):
- Busting myths: what is a media co-op?
- Could you start a media co-op? Recommendations and tentative warnings.
- Practical guidance on transitioning your organisation to a co-op
- Lessons from the Cable: starting a media co-op from scratch
- Alternatives to going co-op: other membership models
For organisations seriously considering the co-operative model, the Cable is also offering limited free consultancy services and one-to-one support for your organisation. Register your interest in support when you register for the webinar below.
We're grateful for extra information you can provide at registration. It will be kept confidential and will help with our hosting of the webinar.