Online news site hires pros

By Melanie Turner, Sacramento Business Journal, April 16, 2009

At a time when reporter layoffs and buyouts are the norm at newspapers across the nation, The Sacramento Press, an online “citizen journalism” site launched late last year by Castle Press LLC, is making its first investment in paid staff writers.
The Sacramento Press this week hired a full-time reporter, and plans to hire one more, each with a salary in the mid-$30,000 range. Kathleen Haley — who most recently worked for an environmental firm and has been published by the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, AlterNet and the Associated Press — started working Monday for The Sacramento Press.
Managing editor David Watts Barton said the publication is still primarily driven by community journalists. He said the Web site aims to be something of a “hybrid” with a combination of professional journalists and community contributors.
Barton wants the two full-time reporters to anchor the site with “real quality journalism,” with coverage of business and development matters and city government, and hopes their stories inspire more involvement from community members.
“I think we’ll get better content the more people are involved,” Barton said.
More than 280 people are signed up to contribute to the site. Most comment, rate and tag content and photos on the site. About a quarter of the contributors are signed up to write. Of those, about 20 or 30 write once a week or so, co-founder Ben Ilfeld said.
The Sacramento Press has 10 full-time employees and four unpaid interns. In the past 30 days, the Web site has had 15,000 unique visitors and about 75,000 page views, Ilfeld said.
Castle Press, which owns the site, is not profitable, but has built up 20 advertisers since it began selling ads on The Sacramento Press in January. Ilfeld and co-founder and editor-in-chief Geoff Samek financed the startup and are using part of their initial investment to hire the reporters. They’ve declined to disclose how much they’ve invested.

Comments Off on Online news site hires pros

Reply...

Comments Off on Online news site hires pros

READ POST

Jun 3, 2020

I’ve felt compelled to say something about what’s happening in this country right now, but I’ve been hesitant to do so; With everything I say, I can imagine the retort, everything I think feels as if it’s already been said; everything rolling around my head sounds trite, or obvious, or useless. I’ve felt stuck for […]

READ POST

May 28, 2020

OK, yes, I’ve been a non-blogger: We’re on our fourth day of 100+ degrees and the attic is toasty. More importantly, I am drawing to a close of an epic project, this week on the writing of the last four weeks of music1967.com. When it is all finished, this project will be well over 100,000 […]

READ POST

May 22, 2020

I used to be surprised when people would say, in casual conversation, how fast life, or the year, was going by. Kids growing up, sure. But years going by? No. Not for me. It is not unusual for me to stop at this point in the year and WONDER at the fact that January seemed […]

recent blog posts

read more about david

Thank you for checking out my blog - it’s just the tip of the iceberg.  I am working on projects regarding music history, Japanese culture and my songwriting.

- A week-by-week music history website, music1967.com
- An upcoming book on Japanese culture, Japan from Anime to Zen
- A YouTube channel, featuring random songs and thoughts for the pandemic
- Original music on Spotify, with links to Patreon and Amazon 

David Watts Barton

Submit Form

Wherever I am in the world, I am reachable by email. Please just fill the form below and I’ll get back to you pronto! 

davidwattsbarton@gmail.com

Thank you for getting in touch.
We will reply to you within 24 hours.

Contact DAVID