What is the Devil Strip?
The Devil Strip is a community-owned, local magazine publication in Akron, Ohio. It was launched in 2015 and carries a unique co-op model, encouraging local residents to support and engage with the publication.
Readers of the magazine are invited to become shareholders who will meet annually and will be able to get involved in editorial decisions. Founder Chris Horne said the co-op model was put in place to foster growth in community journalism.
The Devil Strip's website states:
"Readers can become shareholders for as little as $1 per month. Once you’ve invested $330, your share is fully vested and you are a shareholder for life. Shareholders will meet annually to vote on new board members, broad budget and programming questions and to select editorial projects for our journalists to prioritize."