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  1. Featured News Startup

    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. Jan 3, 2011 04:31 PM

    GigaOM

    The site offers predictive technology coverage, and has itself been a leader in earning web revenue

    By Sean Gandert

    gigaom.png SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — What started out as a personal blog that combined former Forbes and Business 2.0 reporter Om Malik's mutual interests in technology and opinionated blogging has become a full-fledged business. Despite running an editorial staff of twelve and working as a "jack of all trades" for the site's business and technology sides, Malik still personally writes on GigaOm nearly every day. Read more about GigaOM What's kept GigaOm as one of the most successful technology blogs is...

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  2. Jan 5, 2011 01:35 PM

    GlobalPost

    A new news agency helping to fill the gaps in foreign reporting

    By Dohini Patel

    globalpost.png BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — GlobalPost has breathed life back into the foreign news agency business. Philip Balboni and Charles Sennott, two ambitious and entrepreneurial international news journalists, founded the for-profit site in 2009. They say the site sets out to have a distinctive American voice and American style of storytelling while reporting on news from every corner of the world. GlobalPost has complete editorial independence, and also has partnerships with twenty-five news organizations that pay to run syndicated material from the...

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  3. 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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  4. Jul 27, 2011 02:48 PM

    Gotham Gazette

    Detailed reporting on New York City governance

    By Connor Boals

    GothamGazette.png NEW YORK, NEW YORK — It's no secret that many Americans are shamefully uninformed about their elected representatives, particularly at the local level. The blame for this can often go as much to local press as to citizens themselves, but thanks to Gotham Gazette, an online source for what's happening in the world of NYC government, citizens of the nation's largest metropolis will have to to blame something other than the media if they can't name their borough president or...

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  5. Mar 24, 2011 01:03 PM

    Gothamist

    A pioneer of the city blog format

    By Armin Rosen

    Gothamist.png NEW YORK, NEW YORK — In an over-saturated New York media market, there are few news sources that can claim even a modest percentage of the city's attention. Gothamist's constantly updated coverage of offbeat, interesting, and generally important news stories in New York City lacks the ubiquity of, say, the front page of the New York Post, but it's getting there. The site's New York branch gets over 10 million monthly page views; the broader Gothamist network, which includes blogs...

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  6. May 18, 2011 03:33 PM

    GothamSchools

    Original reporting on the largest school system in the country

    By Arvin Temkar

    gothamschools.png NEW YORK, NEW YORK — As battles rage over education reform nationwide, one tiny New York news site reports on New York City's public school system--the nation's largest--with coverage that endeavors to be "fact-based, constructive, and non-ideological." GothamSchools reports on the nitty-gritty of the city's education system, from explaining how schools shut down to analyzing mayoral policies. Read more about GothamSchools The site began in 2008 as a project of OpenPlans, a nonprofit organization that develops websites and software to...

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  7. Feb 16, 2012 01:09 PM

    Grand Prairie Reporter

    News by a former USPS employee turned reporter in the Dallas-Fort Worth area

    By David Riedel

    grand.prairie.reporter.png GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS — "I'm a reporter. I am not a journalist," says Grand Prairie Reporter founder Bob Fitch. "I don't want to degrade the craft of journalism. I can't write and paint a picture with words." Fitch's writing style is utilitarian and not nearly as bad as he claims, but he does try to keep stories on the Reporter at 250 words or fewer, and stays away from in-depth reporting. Read more about Grand Prairie Reporter Fitch has a...

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  8. Feb 18, 2011 12:29 PM

    Great Lakes Echo

    Sharp science news with a sense of humor

    By Justin Yang

    great_lakes_echo.png EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN — Residents of the Great Lakes region have one publication to thank for their understanding of the menace that is the zebra mussel, clogger of power plant intake pipes. That publication is the Great Lakes Echo. A project of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University, the Echo aims to build environmental awareness of the Great Lakes region. Founded in 2008, the site's staff primarily consists of four to five graduate assistants who work...

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  9. Jan 4, 2011 05:17 PM

    Grist

    Irreverent online environmental magazine offers in-depth reporting with "secret sauce"

    By Brett Norman

    grist.png SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — Grist is an irreverent online environmental magazine that aggressively courts young readers, ad dollars, and philanthropic backers. Launched in 1999, the publication could be considered an octogenarian in web years, but maintains the tenor of a cheerful young rebel. To celebrate the nonprofit's tenth anniversary, Grist founder and CEO Chip Giller announced a "Screw Earth Day!" campaign, saying "too many people tokenize Earth Day, using it as an excuse to hug a tree one day and ram...

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  10. Jan 12, 2012 10:19 AM

    GrossePointeToday.com

    Nonprofit hyperlocal news in suburban Detroit

    By Maura R. O'Connor

    grossepointetoday.com.png GROSSE POINTE, MICHIGAN — When the 2010 Census was released, it revealed some interesting changes in the metro Detroit community of Grosse Pointe. Whereas in 2000 the non-white population of the area was marginal, in 2010 the percentage of minorities had risen steeply. The number of African Americans living in Grosse Pointe area, for instance, had increased by 300 percent. The online news site GrossePointeToday.com jumped on the story, publishing a 2,000-word piece that addressed the area's historically racist legacy...

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  11. Jul 15, 2011 11:39 AM

    HealthNewsReview.org

    A watchdog for health care journalism

    By Maura R. O'Connor

    healthnewsrevieworg.png ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA — The job of a health care reporter is to provide accurate, objective coverage of the health care industry. Yet in Gary Schwitzer's opinion, that rarely happens in the American media. "The marketing forces in health care are so overwhelming even good journalists may not realize they're being sold a bill of goods when they are," says Schwitzer, a former news reporter for CNN and current journalism professor at the University of Minnesota. "There is a shocking...

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  12. Mar 24, 2011 10:50 PM

    Hispanic Nashville

    News for a community within a community

    By Dylan DePice

    Hispanic.Nashville.png NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE — The rise of the Internet, along with some significant (and not coincidental) old-media belt-tightening, has inspired many a traditional journalist to look for work on the web. But that's not the story of Hispanic Nashville. John Lamb created the blog in 2003 as a means of highlighting local media coverage of Nashville's Hispanic community, and has developed the site into a news source in its own right. Neither a displaced nor aspiring journalist, he has no...

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  13. Jun 30, 2011 12:51 PM

    Hollywood Elsewhere

    One man channeling a "daily stream-of-Hollywood-consciousness"

    By Joel Meares

    hollywood_elsewhere.png WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA — The summer of 2011 is shaping up to be a pretty grim one for curmudgeonly film blogger Jeffrey Wells. Wells, who opines daily on film and the movie industry on his website Hollywood Elsewhere, hates the special effects-packed event flicks that Joe Popcorns, as he calls them, seem to love. And this summer has offered Joe P. more than his usual share of just such treats: The Green Lantern, Captain America, Thor, another Transformers, an eighth...

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  14. Recently Updated: Mar 5, 2012 11:56 AM

    Homicide Watch

    Reinventing the homicide beat for the digital age

    By Maura R. O'Connor

    homicide.watch.png WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — Mico Briscoe. Black. Male. 18. Shot on November 26, 2011. Marcellus J. Darnaby, aka "Boom." Black. Male. 32. Shot on June 15, 2011. Lucki Nancy Pannell. Black. Female. 18. Shot on February 19, 2011. These are just a few of the 152 homicides currently listed on HomicideWatchDC.org. In the coming months and years, that number is sure to increase. Since September 2010, Laura Amico, the site's founder, has tracked every single homicide that has occurred...

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  15. Feb 23, 2011 06:32 PM

    Honolulu Civil Beat

    A journalistic "civic square"

    By Alex Fekula

    honolulu_civil_beat.png HONOLULU, HAWAII — Honolulu Civil Beat is the brainchild of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and former eBay exec Randy Ching, both of whom attended high school in the Aloha State. The pair shared a common goal, in Omidyar's words, of "empowering citizens and encouraging greater civic participation through media." In keeping with this mission, they envisioned a site that considered audience participation to be as important as reporting stories. The pair enlisted John Temple, the former (and final) editor of...

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