Say goodbye to the Citizen

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The Queens County Citizen is suspending operations effective immediately.

Our frequent requests for reader support have been largely ignored.

Despite more than 180,000 article views in our 11-month existence, we have received monetary contributions from only 14 readers.

Perhaps we should have charged for subscriptions and set up paywalls. Maybe we should have been more compromising in our editorial positions to attract advertising. Whatever the case, these steps were not part of our desired business model and we have no regrets.

Journalism is in crisis everywhere. At some point, if people don’t pay for local news, it will disappear. In the case of The Queens County Citizen, that “some point” is today.

Thank you to everyone who has read and engaged with our work. Thanks as well to the few generous souls who demonstrated their support for local journalism by actually paying for it.


Scott Costen



  1. Monetary contributions to support local journalism have traditionally gone to the Queens County advance. They I have been around for a long time and have paid their dues. Those who support local journalism by subscribing to the Advance are unlikely to subscribe to an additional local Journal, therefore the business model was flawed. Nonetheless you have done a good job for which I am grateful. Good luck for the future.


  2. You have served us well, Scott. Thank you for all your hard work! But I know exactly how you feel. Who knows how things will sort out and shift in news? But I was refreshed by your approach and reports. May you find a new project that gives back to you as much as you give to it!


  3. Kind of sudden! Didn’t think you were ever going to make money, and especially a living doing this. It’s a job for a senior citizen. Someone who cares for the area, and likes to shit disturb. All the best to you in your future endeavors.


  4. I just discovered your news blog a few weeks ago. I have enjoyed it and have told others about it. You did an awesome job and I’m sorry to see you go. Many times people blog because they enjoy it, and in the end, you have to do what’s right for you. Best wishes in the future. Will miss your informative articles.


  5. You should go up to the Advance and take that over. I’ve enjoyed your reporting and the advance could use some real journalism.


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