Have we finally unearthed a revenue source for mid-sized publications?
It’s been a truism for years that mid-sized publications are being squeezed from above and below. Huge, international media companies hoover up ad revenue and general news consumers, small publishers have a more sustainable cost base and target niche subscribers. But now, as the entertainment and culture newsletter Dirt announces it has done more than $100,000 in NFT sales, can we finally say we’ve found a revenue model that works for that squeezed middle?
As reported in Axios, Dirt’s publisher Kyle Chayka notes that the newsletter is of the perfect size to act as a testbed for web3-based monetisation: “This helps us see what could work for media. It could broaden the appeal of NFTs, web3 and crypto with what we already cover, which is digital content and entertainment broadly.”
I’m healthily sceptical of the future of NFTs. Despite the huge amounts already raised by publications, a collapse in interest and a lack of utility for most tokens feels like we’ve already passed the peak of the craze. But if Dirt can make them work for mid-size publications I’ll be happy to reconsider.
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