Twitter begat Medium. Now Medium is slowly courting a “…small but growing group of independent publishers who’ve seen their websites become revitalized by joining Medium. Medium offers publishers a platform that is clean and hosted by Medium, so thus, no more WordPress or Drupaling around. Medium also offers advertising, sponsorship and membership as ways that a publisher can gain revenue from a site. Custom URLs are part of the deal, too.
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Content aggregators and search engines are vampires, and newspapers are the chesty blondes who fall victim to their charms — and ultimately get bitten. via Cuban: Print Must Vanquish Digital ‘Vampires’.
Philanthropic, nonprofit sites (ProPublica) will take up some of the slack, while other new models (Spot.Us) ask consumers to make micro-payments to put writers on specific local stories. Other websites (True/Slant) pay bonuses for stories and commentary, with writers getting paid more as they deliver bigger audiences. It's hard to say if any, or all, will succeed. But the sooner they can take the free out of freelance, the better. Until they do, we can only imagine what we'll be missing.