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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 17, 2011 10:39 AM

    Republic Tiger Sports

    Extensive sports coverage for a school district in Missouri

    By Erik Shilling

    RepublicTigerSports.png REPUBLIC, MISSOURI — For David Brazeal, the owner, writer, videographer, sole advertising salesman, and occasional play-by-play man for Republic Tiger Sports, his website, which is devoted to the athletic pursuits of the Republic R-III School District, has been a labor of love--but it's also quickly evolved into a fledgling business enterprise. As an alumnus of Republic High School, Brazeal, forty-one, has long had the Tigers in his blood, but the idea for the site didn't start until he had moved...

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  2. 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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  3. Mar 25, 2011 02:41 PM

    Rio Grande Guardian

    An online-only news source for South Texas

    By Justin Yang

    rio.grande.guardian.png MCALLEN, TEXAS — In July of 2005, Steve Taylor and his partner Melinda Barerra sold their Isuzu Rodeo for seed money and launched the first online-only news site in the Texas border region. The site, called the Rio Grande Guardian, bills itself as "the internet newspaper of south Texas," and covers the Rio Grande Valley, which consists of the four counties that make up the southernmost tip of the nation's second most populous state. With relatively few Internet users and...

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  4. Jan 9, 2012 12:15 PM

    RiverheadLocal

    Local news and web advertising for Riverhead, Long Island

    By Maura R. O'Connor

    riverheadlocal.png RIVERHEAD, NEW YORK — In 2009 Denise Civiletti tried to switch careers, but in the end she came back to journalism. She had taken a job in public relations with a local hospital after working as a publisher and editor for a decade in her hometown of Riverhead in Long Island, New York. Health care, she thought, was a growth industry that would offer better job security. With two teenage daughters in college, that seemed important. Read more about RiverheadLocal...

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  5. Jul 28, 2011 03:16 PM

    Rust Wire

    Reporting on urban and social issues in the Rust Belt

    By Anthony Badami

    RustWire.png CLEVELAND, OHIO — Rust Wire, a collaborative media project which bills itself as "a voice for change in the Industrial Midwest," was founded in 2009 by Angie Schmitt and Kate Giammarise in order to challenge the notion that some economically enfeebled towns in the Midwestern United States "weren't worth saving." The site, which features original reporting and photography, first-person essays, and opinion pieces, aims at highlighting the disregarded economic decline of many of American's most notable post-industrial cities: Pittsburgh, Cleveland,...

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  6. Mar 25, 2011 02:46 PM

    RVANews

    Richmond's online-only news source

    By Alex Fekula

    rvanews.png 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 number of blogs and hyperlocal sites based in and around the small city. The two had been college roommates who found web-related jobs after school: Catrow worked for the state of Virginia, Pharr for a gold and jewelery wholesaler. The two decided to go into business for themselves, establishing a web design company, PharrOut,...

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  7. Jan 3, 2011 05:34 PM

    Salon

    The general interest online magazine has learned to get specific

    By Sean Gandert

    salon.png SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — Just because Salon is the oldest general interest publication on the Internet doesn't mean that it's been standing still. Founded in 1995 as a web journalism alternative, producing articles as intelligent and well-written as its peers in print, the website's path has been bumpy, but it is still recognizably the same outlet that first appeared over fifteen years ago. The difference today is that it's no longer competing to be the web's largest general interest publication....

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  8. Dec 1, 2011 04:52 PM

    SanFranPreps.com

    Exhaustive high school sports reporting for San Francisco

    By Erik Shilling

    sanfranpreps.com.png SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — Like more than a few newspapermen before him, Jeremy Balan was less than impressed with the play many of the stories from his beat--high school sports--were getting in the newspaper. When Balan moved to San Francisco in 2009, he was even more disappointed, but this time with everyone else. After years of cutbacks, the San Francisco Chronicle had reduced its high school sports coverage to the barest of bones, and competing media were doing little to...

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  9. Jun 3, 2011 11:38 AM

    Seattle PostGlobe (Defunct)

    Seattle-centric reporting and aggregation, and a place for former Post-Intelligencer staffers to practice their craft

    By Alex Fekula

    SeattlePostGlobe.png 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 (and the journalist interviewed for the profile below), wrote about the decision here. This profile was originally published on June 3, 2011.] When the Seattle Post-Intelligencer laid off nearly all its staff and went online-only in March of 2009, metro reporter Kery Murakami found himself suddenly out of a job. Saddled with an uncertain...

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  10. Jan 25, 2012 12:56 AM

    Sheepshead Bites

    Hyperlocal stories by the seaside in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

    By Caitlin Kasunich

    sheepshead.bites.png BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — Nearly four years ago, the late renowned Brooklyn blogger Robert Guskind pointed out in his coverage of the 2008 Brooklyn Blogfest the pressing need for hyperlocal news sites in the borough's least-covered communities. "While some neighborhoods like Carroll Gardens and Park Slope are written about at length, others, such as Sunset Park and Sheepshead Bay - where there are compelling community issues - are seriously 'under blogged,'" he wrote. Read more about Sheepshead Bites Ned Berke,...

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  11. Mar 29, 2012 02:02 PM

    Silicon Bayou News

    News for (and by) the New Orleans tech scene

    By Evan Simko-Bednarski

    silicon.bayou.news.png NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — In March 2011, Zachary Kupperman, a New Orleans attorney with an interest in tech startups, attended New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, an annual convention of business leaders and entrepreneurs. For Kupperman, co-founder of websites such as PolicyPitch.com, a site where users can submit public policy ideas and track state and local legislation, the convention was an acknowledgment of the strength of the Crescent City's business scene, and a demonstration that those involved had a great deal to...

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  12. Nov 28, 2011 11:08 AM

    Silicon Prairie News

    A home on the range for Midwest tech coverage

    By Maura R. O'Connor

    silicon.prairie.news.png OMAHA, NEBRASKA — In the summer of 2008, Jeff Slobotski was working for the sales team of a technology company in New York City but living in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. During his travels around the country for work, he kept getting asked, "What's going on in Omaha?" Slobotski knew that, contrary to popular belief, there was a lot going on in Omaha, including a small but burgeoning community of entrepreneurs and creative types launching new business ventures. So...

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  13. Jan 3, 2011 06:03 PM

    Slant

    Omnivorous pop culture criticism

    By Sean Gandert

    slantmag.png WEEHAWKEN, NEW JERSEY — Founded in 2001 as an outlet for its editors' frustrations with their day jobs, Slant Magazine began humbly as a two-man online reviewing operation, with Ed Gonzalez writing about film and Sal Cinquemani writing about music. The two covered only a smattering of the biggest releases in each field, but as other writers began volunteering to work for the site, its ambitions increased. Slant now boasts a healthy volume of content from a small army of...

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  14. Recently Updated: Dec 31, 2010 12:24 AM

    Slate

    The Internet's old guard general interest publication has never slowed down

    By Sean Gandert

    Slate.png NEW YORK, NEW YORK — "Slate's overall mission is to create really intelligent, witty, durable web journalism; [that mission] has been more or less the same since 1996," says David Plotz, the site's editor. Slate is perhaps best known as one of the first publications to prove that a high-quality editorial product could exist and thrive online, but it didn't earn that reputation just by mimicking print standards--the site has excelled at leveraging its native medium. No publication bats 1.000,...

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  15. Dec 31, 2010 12:51 AM

    Small Wars Journal

    An information hub and blogging network for some of the biggest names in military thought

    By Michael Meyer

    Small_Wars_Journal.png WASHINGTON, DISTRICT of COLUMBIA — Although it's right to call Small Wars Journal a niche publication, doing so misrepresents the site's true influence. "Small wars," as the site uses it, is a kind of catch-all term for counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism, and other pervasive features of the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Although SWJ may have the narrow readership of a trade or academic journal, its online presence has allowed it to be a major voice on topics paramount to public...

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