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January 15, 2013

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Really saying, I have no imagination or entrepreneurial drive, so help meeee!

Actually, really saying, "I figured out I've done such a lame job on this I can't make it work. Somebody who's not as lame as me might be able to buy it and fix it. I give up."

But the Chicago Journatic Model only works when you have bloggers out there who work for free and are thrilled when you plagarize them.

The moment tbese sites have reporters who investigate the situation and expect to be paid for their time and the responsibility to stand behind their stories, the paper doesn't save anything because it has to pay for their work. (Admittedly, the paper probably still comes out ahead as it doesn't have to pay benefits.)

Wow. You guys are rough. But let's separate some things: CSJ was not Journatic, in fact is was pure neighborhood journalism that paid fair wages. I lost most of my writers because they got plucked up by the metro dailies.

Second, I haven't been saying that since I couldn't do it, nobody can. I wrote a post today about how there are places where hyperlocals have thrived. Lots of people have been successful in other places. But Chicago? Let's be clear: There are other digital community news outlets that have closed in Chicago this year and one other paper weekly. CSJ is not alone here.

But really, the whole point I wrote my post, the one you don't like, is so that other could read it and build on it. Planning to start a hyperlocal? I hope my pain of experience is helpful to you.

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