Old Town Media is a new organization that launches new media properties and works with industry leaders to find new models for journalists and publishers. We provide development, recruiting, operational and editorial support for projects of all sizes. We love quality; we hate bureaucracy.
We’ll also work with foundations and grant-funded issue organizations to increase impact and return on investment in original content.
Old Town is working with Chalkbeat, the pioneering nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters
most, to meet the challenges of rapid geographic growth and expanding editorial mission. Old Town is helping Chalkbeat
recruit for key positions and determine strategies for further expansion, keeping it at the forefront of education
reporting and making it a model of large-scale nonprofit policy journalism.
Old Town is a strategic partner in Civil, an Ethereum-based decentralized platform for journalism on which citizens and
journalists form communities around shared purposes and standards to support factual reporting and investigative work.
Old Town is helping founder Matthew Iles and his team develop governance standards for the platform that will ensure
the quality and integrity of the journalism, and is recruiting a centrally supported “First Fleet” of journalists
to jump-start the platform, expected to launch in late 2017-early 2018. Civil is a project of ConsenSys, the largest
venture production studio in the blockchain ecosystem. Read more about Civil here, and more about ConsenSys here.
Old Town is helping Medium build out its new paid subscription business model by developing new subscription content through editorial partnerships
with teams of writers and individual contributors.
Pack Technologies is a start-up founded by Josh Young. Pack develops apps on which professional communities come together.
Journalists and business leaders use Pack's platform to inform and organize colleagues into high-trust networks. As a strategic
partner with Pack, Old Town operates Galley, a Pack app for news media professionals, and also researches markets for new
communities, recruits talent to operate them, and develops strategy to help them grow.
Old Town Media was formed in February 2017 by Tom McGeveran, Josh Benson and Katherine Lehr.
Tom and Josh are long-time New York-based journalists who got their start at the Peter Kaplan-era New York Observer. The
two ultimately ran the paper until they left in 2009 to start a new publication, Capital New York. The bootstrapped local
news outfit attracted independent investment and became an important player covering the politics, infrastructure, cultural
institutions and media business in New York City. Capital was acquired in 2013 by Politico, and Tom and Josh stayed on to
They were joined by Katherine, a journalist who had worked with Chuck Todd at Atlantic Media’s Hotline before going to Politico,
where she became a multidisciplinarian with a specialty in standing up new efforts and coordinating them across the
business, marketing, finance, tech and editorial arms of the company. She was sent to New York to partner with Josh
and Tom on expanding Capital, and the three quickly bonded.
Under this partnership, Politico broadened its successful program in New York and established new operations in Florida,
New Jersey, California, Illinois and Massachusetts.
Katherine left Politico in 2016 to help found Matter Studios, an offshoot of Medium. That company was dissolved in early
2017, and Katherine, Josh and Tom rejoined forces shortly thereafter to create Old Town.