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  1. Guide to Online News Startups

    Colorado Public News

    January 28, 2012 01:39 PM

    DENVER, COLORADO — With layoffs at the Denver Post and the closing of the Rocky Mountain News in 2009, few places have lost as much... Continue reading

  2. Guide to Online News Startups

    Baltimore Brew

    January 13, 2012 11:47 AM

    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND — After seventeen years as a staff writer and reporter at The Washington Post, Fern Shen opted to take a buyout amid significant... Continue reading

  3. Guide to Online News Startups

    November 11, 2011 11:30 AM

    STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI — As the results of the 2009 Starkville municipal elections rolled in, Robbie Coblentz waited in city hall and posted the results in... Continue reading

  4. Guide to Online News Startups

    Y’all Politics

    October 31, 2011 01:45 PM

    JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi-based businessman Alan Lange loves politics--so much so that he launched a website in his spare time to cover the 2004 mayoral... Continue reading

  5. Guide to Online News Startups

    Ocean Beach Bulletin

    October 24, 2011 04:44 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — San Francisco is home to one of the largest urban beaches in the country, Ocean Beach. The surrounding neighborhoods, the Sunset... Continue reading

  6. Guide to Online News Startups

    The Manomet Current

    October 21, 2011 10:57 AM

    PLYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS — In addition to being the landing point of the Mayflower, the birthplace of Thanksgiving, and the home of a notorious rock,... Continue reading

  7. Guide to Online News Startups

    The Saginaw Valley Journal

    October 12, 2011 11:51 PM

    UNIVERSITY CENTER, MICHIGAN — Pinned to the bulletin board at the editorial offices of the Saginaw Valley State University-based Saginaw Valley Journal is... Continue reading

  8. Guide to Online News Startups

    The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism

    August 10, 2011 01:05 PM

    IOWA CITY, IOWA — Stephen Berry worked for over thirty years as an investigative journalist, a tenure that included a seven year stint as an... Continue reading

  9. Guide to Online News Startups


    July 29, 2011 01:42 AM

    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — Seattle-based online news source PubliCola is named for Publius Valerius Publicola. Publicola is an agnomen meaning "friend of the people,"... Continue reading

  10. Guide to Online News Startups

    NEast Philly

    July 5, 2011 02:37 PM

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — While still an undergraduate journalism major at Temple University, Shannon McDonald launched the hyperlocal NEast Philly, an online only news source that provides... Continue reading

  11. Guide to Online News Startups

    Seattle PostGlobe (Defunct)

    June 3, 2011 11:38 AM

    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — [Editor's Note: The Seattle PostGlobe announced that it would cease publication on July 29, 2011. Sally Deneen, the site's co-founder and news curator... Continue reading

  12. Guide to Online News Startups

    Theme Park Insider

    June 1, 2011 12:33 PM

    PASADENA, CALIFORNIA — Since Disneyland opened in 1955, Americans and pleasure-seekers the world over have flocked to the variety of theme parks that now occupy... Continue reading

  13. Guide to Online News Startups

    Summit County Citizens Voice

    May 17, 2011 11:51 AM

    FRISCO, COLORADO — The day Bob Berwyn of the Summit County Citizens Voice was scheduled to be interviewed by CJR, he had to beg off... Continue reading

  14. Guide to Online News Startups


    May 12, 2011 03:45 PM

    WINDSOR, CONNECTICUT — Like many married couples, Christine Stuart and Doug Hardy share a weekly ritual. Unlike most married couples, theirs involves obsessing over state politics.... Continue reading

  15. Guide to Online News Startups


    May 6, 2011 11:27 AM

    PORTLAND, OREGON — When the news broke that the former model and millionaire's widow Anna Nicole Smith had died, the story seemed to capture the interest... Continue reading

  16. Guide to Online News Startups


    March 28, 2011 08:32 PM

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Manhattan surely has more media outlets per square foot than just about anywhere else in the world, but DNAinfo has... Continue reading

  17. Guide to Online News Startups


    March 25, 2011 02:46 PM

    RICHMOND, VIRGINIA — In 2007, Ross Catrow and Scott Pharr set out to create an online hub where Richmond residents could have access to the increasing... Continue reading

  18. Guide to Online News Startups

    The Dagger

    March 24, 2011 04:14 PM

    BEL AIR, MARYLAND — Harford County, Maryland-based journalist Brian Goodman wanted to start a band. He had a name picked out: The Dagger. After plans for... Continue reading

  19. Guide to Online News Startups

    Prince of Petworth

    March 24, 2011 03:43 PM

    WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — For the Prince of Petworth, a good stroll is the preferred way to travel. In his pre-blogging days, Dan Silverman would... Continue reading

  20. Guide to Online News Startups

    March 24, 2011 11:50 AM

    TUCSON, ARIZONA — After a 138-year run, the Tucson Citizen, a daily that reported on such historic events as the gunfight at the O.K. Corral,... Continue reading

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