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January 23, 2003

Unbelievable: Matt Welch notes a Los Angeles Times story that calls Salon “the last great independent experiment in online journalism.” Give me a break. [08:10 AM]
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James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: January 23, 2003, 04:54 PM:

What I find amusing about the LA Times story is the ad in the right-hand margin that shows an animated picture of RMS Titanic steaming by....

(In a bit of boasting, may I say here that SFF Net has consistently been more profitable than Salon? As in, we're making a profit?)

Nancy C. Hanger ::: (view all by) ::: January 24, 2003, 12:37 AM:

James, to be fair, does sff.net pay writers for the content posted there? You're comparing apples to zebras. Salon is a magazine (albeit, online) that is paying its writers for content (and paying better than WIRED News pays, I might add, since I've been solicited by both for content). Sff.net doesn't run a daily or even weekly magazine of the same ilk, with the same overhead needed to pay its writers. Why? Because it's the zebra while Salon is the apple. Or vice versa. They always confuse me.

Not that I don't think that sff.net is the best thing since sliced bread. It's durn close. :)

Michael Bernstein ::: (view all by) ::: January 24, 2003, 03:07 PM:

Hmm. It would be more accurate to say "Salon is the last surviving experiment in large, venture capital funded, traditional editorial process, 'independent' online only journalism".

Except that isn't true either. There are other examples.

Add 'publicly listed', and you may have narrowed it down to just Salon, though.