Former mayor to bring news website to Springfield

A digital news outlet is start at the top in the city, led by a former mayor and a old editor of the daily. It’s called the Springfield Daily Citizen, and according to the articles of incorporation filed with the Missouri Secretary of State’s office last month, the group organized as a not-for-profit public utility.

The Springfield Daily Citizen is registered with the former mayor To M Carlson, who said: “Assuming all goes well, we plan to start publishing around the first of the year.”

The digital publication will focus on Queen City community issues, he said in a interview with Springfield Business Dayn / AI.

Carlson also confirmed that he hired a CEO.

David Stoeffler has been hired as Managing Director“said Carlson.”He was Editor-in-Chief of the News-Leader from 2010 to 2014 and built a reputation as a community-focused journalist, including leading the newspaper’s Every Child Project which brought about changes in early childhood education. in our community.

Carlson, a career attorney Who is no longer active, was Springfield’s longest-serving mayor with seven terms. He have always had an interest in journalism. In college he worked for the president of the National Press Club in Washington, DC, and operated its own stringer service to the Missouri weeklies.

“My first job out of college was working for the Springfield News-Leader and then working for a weekly in Buffalo, Missouri,” he said. “I have always liked newspapers. They bind our community together.

Carlson said in his early days at News-Leader nearly 100 people worked in the newsroom, but he said today there are less than 20 to Staff.

“Due to the loss of advertising revenue for companies like Google and Facebook, conventional for-profit newspapers cannot provide the in-depth coverage of local government and our community that they once did,” he said. declared.

The state filing notes that the nonprofit publication was organized “exclusively for charitable, literary, scientific and educational purposes.”

Carlson said nonprofit newspapers are starting to appear across the country in response to the decline in widespread coverage of community and government issues.

“Successful startups have shown that when they don’t have to make a profit, they are able to raise enough money through charitable donations and support from their readers to fill the local news gap. that exists in so many cities today, ”he said. . “The success of this endeavor will depend on how well other members of our community support our cause through charitable donations and our ability to recruit journalists dedicated to our mission. “

He said public radio operates on a similar model.

The articles of incorporation state: “The company was organized for the purpose of collecting and disseminating information in a non-partisan manner on important public policy issues and matters of importance to the residents of the city of Springfield, Missouri, and surrounding areas, through surveys, explanatory, data-based and multimedia journalism.

Amos Bridges, editor of the Springfield News-Leader, declined to comment on the new post, which has a similar mission to cover the Springfield community. The News-Leader is owned by Gannett Co. Inc., which operates local media organizations in 46 US states.

In today’s edition of the Springfield News-Leader, Steve Pokin, who writes the Pokin Around Q&A, announced that it was his last day at the newspaper, because it will start to work at a Springfield nonprofit tomorrow. This is what I can tell you, “he wrote.

Pokin added that he is embarking on his new job with his newsroom colleague Jackie Rehwald, who started with him at News-Leader in 2012. Rehwald’s headline with the News-Leader is social causes reporter.

“We don’t go out at sunset to write our memoirs. We’ll be there, ”Pokin wrote.

Pokin’s column did not say he would join the Springfield Daily Citizen team, but it does suggest he will continue as a local reporter.

“Being a journalist is like being a lifelong learner. I will continue this in my new job, ”he wrote.

Pokin and Rehwald both declined to comment.

Like bridges, Christine Temple, executive editor of the Springfield Business Journal, also declined to comment on the new publication. SBJ focuses specifically on Business news.

The model of nonprofit journalism is increasingly common. The Salt Lake Tribune in Salt Lake City, Utah was approved as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit in October 2019. ProPublica and The Texas Tribune are other examples.

Typically, non-profit media offer the sponsordelivery opportunities, including sponsored content, but not advertisements.

In an August 2021 article in the journal Communication Law & Policy, authors Rosalie C. Westenskow and Edward L. Carter state that there are financial advantages to a not-for-profit structure for news publications, and that ‘it can also provide a good environment for cultivating high quality journalism. . They argue that because journalism is a public good, it naturally fits the nonprofit model.

The Institute for Nonprofit News reports that nonprofit newsrooms “have launched at a rate of a dozen or more per year since 2008,” primarily with an emphasis on local and explanatory reporting.

Carlson said the point of sale URL is not yet public and will not be for a few weeks. The barIication has a Facebook page.