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    ACEsTooHigh.com

    Reporting on the science, education, and policy surrounding childhood trauma

    ACEsTooHigh.com.pngWINTERS, CA — In 1998, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the results of one of the largest studies ever... More >
     
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  1. Aug 23, 2012 02:45 PM

    Richmond BizSense

    An online-only business journal for Virginia's capital

    By Brian Patrick Eha

    richmond.bizsense.png RICHMOND, VA — Not long ago, Richmond, VA was one of the largest US cities without a business journal. That changed on January 1, 2008, the day that local online startup Richmond BizSense ran its first story. The site, which subsists almost entirely on local advertising and claims to have enjoyed three straight years of profitability, combines a web editorial strategy with a fairly traditional local news ad model--a hybrid which, in Richmond at least, is showing promise in its...

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  2. Recently Updated – Originally Posted: Jan 5, 2011

    The Huffington Post

    The online news behemoth grows up

    By Michael Meyer

    huffpost.png NEW YORK, NEW YORK — As of the writing of this profile, the "BIG NEWS" header at the top of The Huffington Post's homepage reads: "Unemployment, Katie Holmes, Natalie Portman, Health, Lindsay Lohan, Smarter Ideas, More..." It's the mix of topics that might be floating around the head of a conscientious, politically astute fifteen year old--but given that HuffPost only recently entered the second half of its first decade, perhaps the site is maturing more quickly than most people give...

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  3. Apr 2, 2012 03:42 PM

    Missouri Journal

    Government and political news for the Show Me State

    By Tom Marcinko

    missouri.journal.png ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI — Corporations are people? Maybe, but Brian R. Hook is both. As owner and sole staff member of the online-only Missouri Journal, he covers Missouri politics with the Show-Me State's well-known skepticism. As a corporation, he is B. R. Hook.com, a media development and consulting firm. "I will be consulting on 'Here's how to do online media,'" Hook says. "But first I have to go out and prove that I can do it." Read more about Missouri...

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  4. Recently Updated – Originally Posted: Jul 29, 2011

    PubliCola

    Extensive political coverage for Seattle and Washington state

    By Alex Fekula

    Publicola.png SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — [UPDATE: After briefly ceasing operations in May 2012 due to "limited and inconsistent" ad revenue, Publicola was purchased in mid-June 2012 by SagaCity Media, owner of the Seattle Metropolitan magazine and other properties, for an undisclosed sum. The new web publication is called PubliCola at SeattleMet. Popular features like "Morning Fizz," "Afternoon Jolt," and and "ThinkTank" continue to be published, and Josh Feit, the site's founder and co-editor, and Erica Barnett, the site's co-editor and reporter, remain...

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  5. Recently Updated – Originally Posted: Dec 29, 2010

    Pitchfork

    The prolific online music reviewer/kingmaker

    By Sean Gandert

    Pitchfork.png CHICAGO, IL — Founded in 1995 as an Internet alternative to traditional music fanzines, Pitchfork has become a force within the music industry every bit as vital as Rolling Stone or Spin. While somewhat controversial due to its highly opinionated reviews, Pitchfork has a reputation for being able to spot new talent and bring them to a much wider audience. Bands such as The Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene owe much of their current status to reviews in...

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  6. May 7, 2012 01:46 PM

    Eye on Annapolis

    Unadorned, up-to-the-minute news for Maryland's capital city

    By Maura R. O'Connor

    eye.on.annapolis.png ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND — Eye on Annapolis, a website covering Maryland's Chesapeake Bay and capital city of Annapolis, has forged a pragmatic model for local news coverage, carving out a niche for itself among the city's media by providing readers quick and frequent news updates. The site focuses on breaking news including traffic reports and crime, as well as a community calendar, coverage of local politics, education, business, and columns written by residents. (Check out 16-year-old Fish Stark's smart and savvy...

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  7. Recently Updated – Originally Posted: Jan 5, 2011

    WyoFile

    Enterprise reporting for the Equality State

    By Alex Fekula

    wyofile.png CASPER, WY — [UPDATE: On September 5, 2012, the Knight Foundation announced that WyoFile was yet again a recipient of its Community Information Challenge Grant. The site received $62,000 from Knight and an equal amount from the Wyoming Community Foundation. It will hire one full-time reporter dedicated to the Wyoming Legislature and one part-time minority reporter, who will cover the Wind River Indian Reservation.] Even though WyoFile covers the goings-on of the least populous state in the union, it still...

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  8. Jun 20, 2012 12:52 PM

    Chicago Phoenix

    Chicago LGBT media goes digital (and grows up)

    By Ian Fullerton

    chicago.phoenix.png CHICAGO, IL — Gay media in Chicago has struggled in its search for identity. In recent years, two of the city's most prominent LGBT publications, Gay Chicago Magazine and the Chicago Free Press, shut down after transitioning from the traditional "bar rag" format, with content centered on entertainment and sex culture, to a more issue-related news and features focus. Some observers speculated that revenue problems and infighting caused both papers' closings, but others guessed that neither readers nor advertisers had...

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  9. Sep 4, 2012 12:24 AM

    The Outer Banks Voice

    Online-only news for the North Carolina coastline

    By Chase Scheinbaum

    the.outer.banks.voice.png NAGS HEAD, NC — In August 2011, when Hurricane Irene menaced the Eastern seaboard, The Outer Banks Voice was less than a year old. Drawing its name from a 200-mile ribbon of North Carolina's coastline, the online-only news source fed frequent updates to residents of this vulnerable area during the storm. The coverage was local, but clicks came from far and wide--many from readers in distant landlocked states. More than mere spectators, these were owners of vacation homes and long-time...

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  10. Sep 4, 2012 12:25 AM

    TheDigitel

    A small chain of local news sites/ aggregators in South Carolina

    By Tyler Jones

    thedigitel.png CHARLESTON, SC — When a Union Army officer surrendered and removed the American flag from Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, the Civil War had begun. Less than thirty miles away and 150 years later, the Confederate flag was flown again at the new home of Annie Caddell, whose relatives fought for the South, to the dismay of her neighbors in the historically black community of Summerville, SC. After a petition to the city council and protest march failed to bring...

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  11. Jul 6, 2012 09:04 AM

    Gossip Extra

    Celebrity news goes local in South Florida

    By Brian Patrick Eha

    gossip.extra.png PALM BEACH, FL — Starting in 2004, Jose Lambiet had a near seven-year run as South Florida's go-to source for celebrity news and society gossip. He plied his trade for the Palm Beach Post in a column called "Page Two"--a deliberate homage to the New York Post's "Page Six." While other reporters skimmed the surface of breaking news, the Belgian-born Lambiet tapped his sources in the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department and elsewhere to get all the gory details for...

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  12. Jul 5, 2012 03:13 PM

    The Hechinger Report

    Strengthening education reporting nationwide

    By Hiten Samtani

    the.hechinger.report.png NEW YORK, NY — In September 2011, reporter Jon Marcus wrote a story for The Washington Post which showed that, despite increased enrollment thanks to an expanded G.I. Bill, colleges weren't doing enough to support the unique needs of veterans pursuing higher education. Shortly after the story was published, colleges in the DC area added coordinators to help veterans with services. Over eight Sundays in late 2010, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran a front-page series about teacher effectiveness in Wisconsin....

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  13. Jun 6, 2012 01:47 PM

    Big World Magazine

    A travel webzine that pays its contributors

    By Tom Marcinko

    big.world.magazine.png NEW YORK, NY — Brooklyn-based editor and publisher Mary D'Ambrosio has taught a graduate level summer travel writing course at New York University for the past decade. A couple of years ago, she noticed something about her students' work: she liked it better than the usual travel magazine fare. "They weren't going to write 'Ten Hot Hotels in Rome,'" she says. "They were going to write some sort of cultural story about what made Rome tick." Read more about Big...

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  14. May 30, 2012 01:58 PM

    Florida Voices

    A digital editorial page for the Sunshine State

    By Annie Wu

    florida.voices.png TAMPA, FL — In 2008, Rosemary Goudreau was laid off as editorial page editor of the Tampa Tribune. She found work in public relations, but missed the constant immersion in issues and ideas afforded her by life in a newsroom. "On the other side of the fence, I saw the need for a place that made it easy to know what people were talking about, and for people to get their issues on the agenda," Goudreau says. Read more about...

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  15. May 9, 2012 02:13 PM

    Missouri Scout

    Subscription-based niche political news from a stockbroker turned political junkie

    By Jason Rosenbaum

    missouri.scout.png ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI — Dave Drebes didn't take the most conventional path into journalism. Originally a stockbroker, the St. Louis native decided to jump into newspaper publishing in 2001. Drebes and a friend wrote several articles and opinion pieces about the flaws in the St. Louis Board of Aldermen's contentious, racially charged redistricting plans. They printed the articles on a broadsheet and sent the publication to about 100 people. (The redistricting process went on as planned, Drebes says, costing one...

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