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Founder Rafat Ali quits paidContent and Content Next

Founder of ContentNext, the publisher of digital media news site paidContent.org, Rafat Ali has announced he will leave the company in early July.

ContentNext, which also publishes paidContent:UK, mocoNews,net and contentSutra.com, was bought by Guardian News & Media in July 2008. The deal marked the next step in GNM’s US expansion plans, the group said at the time. But in a farewell post on paidContent.org, Ali hints at the difficulties of moving from start-up to big media ownership:

The last two years under Guardian have been illuminating, to say the least. Being part of a big company brings its own level of complexities; during a huge financial crisis, it makes for a roller-coaster ride. The high of the sale dissipated quickly, and pulling back and hunkering down isn’t fun, much less entrepreneurial. To Guardian’s credit, amidst the mothership’s own perfect storm, they stood by us, and we have survived, though much smaller.

I am leaving the company while the editorial is still at the peak of its reputation, even though we are half the team we used to be. It really is a miracle. And the edit leadership under our ME Ernie Sander and my longtime partner-in-crime and co-editor Staci D Kramer gets the full credit for it, as do our scrappy group of talented journalists. The business side is a rebuild-in-process that I hope Guardian continues to support in kind and spirit.

The sites will continue under managing editor Ernie Sander.

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paidContent.org: How are newspaper sites that charge faring?

paidContent’s US site has a great round-up of the smaller and medium newspaper websites (e.g. away from the much heralded FT.com and WSJ.coms of the world) that are charging for online access.

Despite differing subscription models the overall suggestion is that online traffic has been badly affected, but some titles suggest a positive impact on print circulation as a result of charging for online.

Full story at this link…

See also paidContent:UK’s analysis of plunging print audiences and rising cover prices.

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paidContent.org: Cit-J site NowPublic sold to Examiner.com

NowPublic, the international citizen journalism site launched by Canadian entrepreneur Leonard Brody in 2005, is to be sold to Examiner.com – the US network of local, city-based news sites.

Examiner.com is controlled by Clarity Media Group, according to paidContent.org, which also owns the San Fransisco Examiner and Washington DC Examiner.

The deal is reportedly worth $25 million.

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Guardian material on paidContent:UK

As a result of Guardian News & Media’s acquisition of ContentNext, Media Guardian content has started to appear on paidContent:UK. Just recently the same occured vice versa: the appearance of Paid Content articles on the Media Guardian site.

In July, Journalism.co.uk reported that Guardian News & Media had bought ContentNext, behind paidcontent.org, paidContent:UK and the Indian news site contentSutra.com.

An early report by the Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD column reported that according to sources it was a figure ‘north of $30 million.’

The deal marked a ‘significant expansion’ of GNM’s US presence, a press statement said at the time.

ContentNext begins UK expansion with paidContent recruitment

Publishing firm ContentNext, which was recently acquired by Guardian Media Group, is recruiting for its UK digital media news site paidContent.

According to a post on the site by publisher and editor Rafat Ali, paidContent UK is looking for a London-based reporter to work on the site and across its international platforms – paidContent.org, mocoNews.net and contentSutra.com.