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Long time Pittsburgh reporter leaves paper to start own site

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Elliotte Friedman, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    Dejan Kovacevic has left The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review to start his own website covering Pittsburgh sports. His wife will handle the business side.

    Hope it works, because we need success stories.

  2. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Now that's the way to keep things behind a paywall!
  3. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Hope it works out well for him.
  4. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    Has anyone ever actually made a living doing this? I have heard of lots of attempts but not any successes.
  5. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    Fuck Pittsburgh.
  6. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    A guy in Hamilton New Jersey (he didn't work at a paper) wanted more Hamilton high school sports and news so he started a website devoted to Hamilton high school sports and news. He sells a ton of ads.

  7. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    If you're going to do this and hope to make money you probably do need that second (or third) person to get the ads because the news/sports side of it would take too much time and energy.
  8. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    I tried it and it failed miserably, though I still think it can work and I hope Dejan has some success. Mine was probably more a problem of me being impatient and diving in without proper backing (or business training). I'm still recovering.

    Pittsburgh is a different market from where I tried so maybe it can work. Typing with fingers crossed.
  9. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    My buddy started a magazine (since mothballed, although I believe they do print-on-demand) about high school sports in the town where we were working at the time. No idea if it's profitable, but it's still around five years later.

  10. Does Peter King and Jeff Pearlman count?
    Although, I suppose it might remain to be seen if those sites (well, Pearlman's anyway) is a money maker.
  11. Paying someone to design a decent website wouldn't hurt, either.
  12. RecoveringJournalist

    RecoveringJournalist Well-Known Member

    On no level is Peter King "out on his own"

    I know a handful of people who I thought were pretty successful doing it, but then they left for mediocre jobs with newspapers or websites, so my assumption was that they weren't doing as well as some thought they were.
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