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College Publisher changes business model

UPDATE: Interview with Rusty Lewis is now up here.


Well, during my self-imposed exile from all things journalism related over the holidays, College Media Network dropped a bombshell.

Most notably, newspapers using CP5 under an Access Network affilate agreement will be invoiced  an annual payment* of $1,995 for the services rendered by CMN.  …

This cost is most attributable to user support and training.  There is an option to reduce this cost and be invoiced for training and design services as needed – click the pdf for details.

Any support or training would be billed at $150 per hour.  Support hours billed would relate to issues that resulted in user error and would be communicated in advance of invoicing.

*If a college publication averages over 25,000 page views per month, all of these fees are waived

They are also going to start hosting WordPress installations, and additional open-source CMS’s. There are additional details related to advertising splits at the link above. I have an e-mail in to Rusty Lewis at CMN to ask some followup questions, and I’ll be examining the pricing structure more in the next few days.

For now, it should be obvious that this is a game-changing move by College Publisher.

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