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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. May 18, 2011 12:59 PM

    Crosscut.com

    Robust nonprofit local news coverage for Seattle

    By Sara Germano

    crosscutcom.png SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — David Brewster couldn't have been the only Seattle citizen concerned about the potential demise of one of his local papers, but back in the mid-aughts, he was ahead of the curve. In 2006, Brewster, a thirty-five-year veteran of the local media landscape and the founder of alternative newspaper Seattle Weekly, was phasing out of his role as director of Town Hall Seattle, a community nonprofit, public forum, and public space, when he set his sights on what...

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  2. May 12, 2011 03:45 PM

    CTNewsJunkie

    Giving the good stuff to Connecticut's political insiders

    By Alex Fekula

    CT.News.Junky.png 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. Stuart and Hardy spend their Thursday nights preparing the "Friday Night Fix." The "Fix" is a weekly e-mail roundup of Connecticut political news, covering everything from the state's most recent budget battle to the fate of a particular piece of legislation to the latest published op-eds discussing campaign finance. The Fix has become a...

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  3. Mar 24, 2011 12:15 PM

    CU-CitizenAccess

    University-based reporting on poverty in central Illinois

    By Kathy Gilsinan

    CU.Citizen.Access.png URBANA, ILLINOIS — When Brant Houston moved to the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois area from Columbia, Missouri to assume the University of Illinois's Knight Chair in Journalism, he did what he had long encouraged students to do in the classes he taught on computer assisted reporting: he trawled through census data to get a sense of his community. The poverty rate immediately stuck out as far out of proportion to its presence in local news; in Houston's view, it appeared to be...

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  4. Sep 27, 2011 04:52 PM

    Dallas South News

    Making the move from blog to nonprofit news site

    By Timothy Bella

    dallas.south.news.png DALLAS, TEXAS — Shawn Williams was in pharmaceutical sales for nine years before starting his personal blog in 2006. The blog was about South Dallas, an area of more than 500,000 people. He says he first started the blog to try to combat negative images of the African American community that he saw in the mainstream media. When he was let go from his job right around the time the blog was beginning to grow, he decided to take his...

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  5. May 3, 2011 12:23 PM

    DavidsonNews.net

    Ambitious local news site for Davidson, N.C.

    By Justin Yang

    davidson_news_net.png DAVIDSON, NORTH CAROLINA — David Boraks, a veteran journalist of thirty years and long-time resident of Davidson, N.C., started DavidsonNews.net after returning from a year abroad in China and Taiwan. Upon returning home, Boraks found that staying updated on current news was not as easy as he had remembered, and so he started an online town newsletter. The newsletter soon evolved into a full-blown news website devoted to the town of Davidson. The site launched in 2006, and Boraks is...

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  6. Aug 8, 2011 11:49 AM

    Deadspin

    Gawker Media's sports news success story

    By Erik Shilling

    Deadspin.png NEW YORK, NEW YORK — For Deadspin, the impish sports wing of the Gawker empire, the presence of a pink gorilla at a hotel meeting between Tommy Craggs, a Deadspin senior editor, and John Walsh, ESPN's executive vice president for content, must have felt like a crowning achievement. The site made its name most recently by publishing pictures of Brett Favre's genitalia, but has also long been a thorn in the media giant's side, reproducing drunken pictures of several of...

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  7. Mar 24, 2011 03:22 PM

    Delaware First Media News

    Nonprofit news in text, audio, and video

    By Georgia Schoonmaker

    Delaware.First.Media.png NEWARK, DELAWARE — Delaware First Media News, an independent news site specializing in news and commentary about goings-on in the Diamond State, grew from seeds planted in the nonprofit sector. As explained by Micheline Boudreau, DFM's president and a former news director of a public television station in Delaware, all of the journalists who came together to create the website began in nonprofit journalism--a fact which shines through in every aspect of the paper's public interest-oriented content. Read more about...

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  8. Apr 10, 2013 02:51 PM

    District

    A student voice from the Savannah College of Art and Design

    By Meredith Qualls

    District.png SAVANNAH, GA — After beginning in 1995 as a weekly student-run print publication at the Savannah College of Art and Design, District relaunched as an online-only in 2008, becoming part of the early wave of student publications to scrap their print product. "We wanted to go digital because we felt like that was where the industry was headed, and all of our students generally were already more online than they were picking up print," says Allison Bennett Dyche, the assistant...

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  9. Recently Updated: Mar 28, 2011 08:32 PM

    DNAinfo

    Hyperlocal news for Manhattan

    By Alex Fekula

    Dna.info.png NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Manhattan surely has more media outlets per square foot than just about anywhere else in the world, but DNAinfo has proved that there's still plenty of room on the island for local news. Conceived by Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, the site is a compendium of hyperlocal news for Manhattan's many communities. The site's ten separate verticals provide coverage of neighborhoods from Washington Heights to Hell's Kitchen. [Profile updated December 18, 2012] Read more about DNAinfo...

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  10. Jan 5, 2011 08:47 PM

    DoD Buzz

    A (mostly) one-man show reporting on the Pentagon

    By Michael Meyer

    dodbuzz.png WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — Structurally speaking, DoD Buzz is little more than a personal blog dressed up as a full-on news publication. The remarkable thing is that, were it not for more than three-quarters of the stories on the site having the same byline, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference. That's true in terms of volume and quality of content, anyway. In other ways, DoDB does have the voice and personality of a one-person product, at least...

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  11. Jul 18, 2011 04:18 PM

    E&E Publishing

    High-cost subscription coverage of environment and energy policy and markets

    By Maura R. O'Connor

    e&e_publishing.png WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — Launched in 1998, E&E Publishing started with six employees producing high-priced subscription energy policy coverage out of Washington D.C. and has grown into an award-winning online news outlet with an editorial staff of forty-five and bureaus in San Francisco and New York City. Over the years, the company's readership has grown from roughly 1,000 to 40,000, and includes major corporate subscribers such as General Electric, US state governments, law firms, and lobbying groups. Read more...

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  12. Mar 24, 2011 10:41 PM

    ecoRI

    Community engagement through environmental news (and composting)

    By Daniel Denvir

    ecoRi.png PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND — Frank Carini, a Boston native with an accent to match, has gone from sports writing to composting. He founded ecoRI.com in September 2009 after spending twenty years at newspapers on the North Shore in Massachusetts, Cincinnati, and in Newport, Rhode Island. "I was getting sick of the direction of where we were going," he says. "Too much covering press releases and crap like that." Read more about ecoRI Reading progressive magazines like Mother Jones, he says,...

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  13. Mar 28, 2011 01:43 AM

    Education News Colorado

    The "paper of record" for Colorado education policymaking

    By Dohini Patel

    education.news.colorado.png DENVER, COLORADO — Education News Colorado is an online-only news site devoted exclusively to in-depth coverage of Colorado state education news and policy. The site began operating in its present form in 2008, but can trace its roots back to Headfirst Colorado, a state-wide quarterly print magazine that, until current EdNews publisher Alan Gottlieb came aboard in 2006, would have been more accurately described as a policy journal than a journalistic entity. When he arrived as editor, Gottlieb began to...

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  14. Oct 24, 2011 11:00 AM

    Eleven Warriors

    News and commentary on Ohio State football

    By Erik Shilling

    elevenWarriors.png PATASKALA, OHIO — Jason Priestas was a lonely Ohio State football fan when he moved to Chicago seven years ago with his wife. He was only a six hour drive from Columbus, but he felt like he was living on the opposite end of the globe. So, in August 2006, he did what many tech-savvy fans do: he started a blog. Five years and several million page views later, it has turned into something more than that, a continuously updated...

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  15. Sep 28, 2011 11:48 AM

    Engadget

    Tech news the AOL way

    By Richard Nieva

    Engadget.png NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Engadget is a one-stop hub for enthusiastic tech consumers, featuring breaking news updates, product reviews, podcasts, multimedia, and more. Light in tone, just edgy enough to amuse but not offend, and often genuinely informative, it's tempting to compare the site to a tech version of Gawker--and, in fact, Engadget was founded in 2004 by Peter Rojas, the tech writer who founded Gizmodo for Gawker Media's Nick Denton in 2002. Read more about Engadget Engadget's purpose...

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