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Re: Layoffs at The Star

Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:08 pm
by TheLastGentleman
Seems like there should be a better revenue source than a subscription fee. Maybe patreon?

Re: Layoffs at The Star

Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:40 pm
by FangKC
kboish wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:13 am
I agree that $6/mo seems a bit much for the amount of coverage he was providing. I may do it just to help subsidize and support the model though.

He should really consider joining forces with the Shawnee Mission Post folks and any other independent news bloggers in the area. They could potentially rival the Star in their coverage.
I think a better route for Kevin would be to do a Kansas City thread for Curbed. New Orleans and Austin have threads on Curbed, and they are smaller metros than Kansas City. Kevin could do the Kansas City news, as well as write national general topic stories for them. He might do coverage on St. Louis and Omaha as well. You can do a lot without traveling since most of the reportage can be accomplished by reading council news on city websites, and by phone, email, and receiving press releases and photos from the developers themselves.

I think a lot of developers read Curbed to see what is happening in other cities, so it would benefit Kansas City to have a dedicated thread of news.

I read Curbed regularly to see what is happening in the covered cities. I'm actually surprised there isn't a St. Louis thread already, but there aren't dedicated threads to many large metros.

https://www.curbed.com/

Re: Layoffs at The Star

Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:59 pm
by TheLastGentleman
That’s a fantastic idea! Curbed is great

Re: Layoffs at The Star

Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:03 pm
by beautyfromashes
I’d like to see Kevin add a food review/lifestyle reporter to cityscene. It seems to connect with the theme and might bring in more revenue from restaurants/bars/events Looking to advertise. Make CityScene Kansas City’s concierge.

Re: Layoffs at The Star

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:59 pm
by flyingember
Food review is expensive to do right. You have to spend money buying meals multiple times to get a fair view. It could be $100+ per review.

Independent of him, the market has traditionally been pay to play because restaurants won't advertise if they get bad reviews and people are wary of a good review + the place buying advertising because of this.

Re: Layoffs at The Star

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:40 pm
by beautyfromashes
flyingember wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:59 pm
Food review is expensive to do right. You have to spend money buying meals multiple times to get a fair view. It could be $100+ per review.

Independent of him, the market has traditionally been pay to play because restaurants won't advertise if they get bad reviews and people are wary of a good review + the place buying advertising because of this.
How about a combination CityScene and JoyceKC?

Re: Layoffs at The Star

Posted: Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:42 pm
by smh
beautyfromashes wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:40 pm
flyingember wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:59 pm
Food review is expensive to do right. You have to spend money buying meals multiple times to get a fair view. It could be $100+ per review.

Independent of him, the market has traditionally been pay to play because restaurants won't advertise if they get bad reviews and people are wary of a good review + the place buying advertising because of this.
How about a combination CityScene and JoyceKC?
Joyce is a hot ticket though, apparently. They've moved her under the "subscriber only content" umbrella.

Re: Layoffs at The Star

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:02 pm
by bspecht
FangKC wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:40 pm
I think a better route for Kevin would be to do a Kansas City thread for Curbed.
Curbed just shut down New Orleans, Philly, Seattle & DC. :/

Re: Layoffs at The Star

Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:14 am
by FangKC
I'm sad to hear it. I was hoping they would expand to other cities.