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CJR's Guide to Online News Startups

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  1. Jan 4, 2011 10:35 PM

    Bleacher Report

    A sports news behemoth where fans do the writing, reporting, and search engine optimization

    By Chris Benz

    Bleacher_Report.png SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — Since its launch in 2008 after two years of development and beta testing, Bleacher Report has become a major player in online sports media. A unique combination of social networking and sports reporting, the Web site attracts a rapidly growing audience of about sixteen million unique visitors a month, according to the company. It provides Web content to partners like The Los...

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  2. Mar 20, 2012 01:30 PM

    Borderzine.com

    Bilingual reporting by Latino college journalists

    By Tom Marcinko

    borderzine.com.png EL PASO, TEXAS — Borderzine.com director Zita Arocha founded the site at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) with two goals. "One is to tell the unreported stories of the [U.S.-Mexico] border region, which mainstream media doesn't do very well," says Arocha, a senior lecturer in journalism at UTEP. The second is to create "a pipeline" into the journalism profession...

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  3. Mar 24, 2011 11:55 AM

    CapeCodTODAY.com

    A hyperlocal (and entrepreneurial) news pioneer

    By Dohini Patel

    capecodtoday.png CAPE COD, MASSACHUSETTS — CapeCodToday, one of the first hyperlocal news websites in the nation, and reports on all things Cape Cod. Topics the site covers include politics, arts and culture, business, education, and sports. Walter Brooks, founder of CapeCodToday, is a veteran journalist with over half a century of experience. Prior to establishing the site, Brooks wrote for The Village Voice, the New...

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  4. Nov 14, 2011 12:34 PM

    ChicagoTalks.org

    Student-reported, university-based community news

    By Ian Fullerton

    chicagotalksorg.png CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Shortly after launching what is now ChicagoTalks.org in 2006, Barbara Iverson realized that the project's original vision of enlisting citizen journalists to cover neighborhood beats just wasn't materializing. Originally pitched as a "meta-placelog" that would cover news in all fifty of the city's wards, the site received its initial funding from the school and through a grant from the start-up...

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  5. Mar 24, 2011 03:38 PM

    Gapers Block

    Chicago's first city-wide news and culture blog

    By Armin Rosen

    Gapers.Block.png CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Today, Gapers Block is a smartly designed Chicago blog with everything you'd expect to see on a web-specific and geographically focused publication: there's an events calendar, as well as tabs for food, arts, music, and politics. But if Gapers Block looks typical, that's only because of its own influence on the "city blog" genre. When it launched in 2003, Gapers Block...

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  6. Jan 19, 2012 03:19 PM

    Leimert Park Beat

    A hyperlocal news site and social network for a neighborhood in Los Angeles

    By Chasen Marshall

    leimert.park.beat.png LEIMERT PARK, CALIFORNIA — Eddie North-Hager moved to Leimert Park, an 11,000-person neighborhood in Los Angeles, because it was the type of community in which he wanted to raise his family. And yet whenever he read anything about the area in the news, it seemed that he encountered endless versions of the same negative story. "If you would search for things about the neighborhood online,...

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  7. Mar 24, 2011 12:53 PM

    Neon Tommy

    A student-run news site with a national reputation

    By David Downs

    neon.tommy.png LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — When swine flu heated up international headlines in 2009, University of Southern California's fledgling news site Neon Tommy discovered some cold truths about the official reaction to the disease. Neon Tommy staff obtained forty-four death certificates from Los Angeles county health officials, interviewed family members and doctors, and discovered authorities weren't notifying relatives that the deceased had died from a contagious...

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  8. Mar 1, 2012 10:37 AM

    Patch

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By Lauren Kirchner

    patch.png NEW YORK, NEW YORK —In February 2009, South Orange, Maplewood, and Milburn-Short Hills, three small but relatively affluent New Jersey communities, became the first towns to host a local Patch site, launching a network that has since grown to include more than 860 sites in twenty-two states and Washington, D.C. Because of its rapid expansion and the accompanying media scrutiny, Patch has played a central...

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  9. Feb 24, 2012 11:29 AM

    Patch (California)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By AJ Hudson

    patch.png California is a place for experimentation for Patch, as it extends its coverage to two large communities there: the military and their families, and the Latino population. The network's first attempt at a "Patch Military" site is Camp Pendleton Patch; while it is not sponsored by the Marine Corps base, it is run by a former US Marine. Meanwhile, the first three "Patch...

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  10. Feb 24, 2012 11:50 AM

    Patch (Connecticut)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By Annie Wu

    patch.connecticut.png Connecticut was the second state to host a Patch site. The network came to the state just after launching in New Jersey and just before expansion into New York. The state's first Patch launched in the summer of 2009 in the southern town of New Canaan. It has since expanded to include 62 sites covering towns across the state. CTWatchdog.com, a...

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  11. Feb 24, 2012 12:04 PM

    Patch (District of Columbia)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By AJ Hudson

    patch.district.of.columbia.png The nation's capital is home to just one Patch. The site covers the ritzy neighborhood of Georgetown, which is home to the university of the same name. The site includes coverage of university news and events, developments on the ever-pressing issues of real estate and traffic, and an ongoing "Best-of" debate about Georgetown's most desirable cocktails. Though Georgetown Patch is alone...

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  12. Feb 24, 2012 12:35 PM

    Patch (Florida)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By AJ Hudson

    patch.florida.png Patch expanded into Florida in late 2010, and currently has nineteen sites in the state. As an early state in the 2012 GOP primary and a battleground state in the general election, Florida fits nicely with Patch editor-in-chief Brian Farnham's goal (discussed with CJR last year) to involve Patch in 2012 election coverage, and with AOL's goal to cash in on political ad...

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  13. Feb 24, 2012 12:47 PM

    Patch (Georgia)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By AJ Hudson

    patch.georgia.png Patch moved to Georgia in 2010, and has since rolled out forty-three sites in the state. Some sites focus on entire cities, such as Athens or Marietta, while others stick to the Atlanta suburbs--a more common model for Patch sites nationwide. Read CJR's full profile of the Patch network here. Patch has launched more than 860 sites in...

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  14. Feb 24, 2012 12:54 PM

    Patch (Illinois)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By AJ Hudson

    patch.illinois.png Illinois has one of the larger collections of Patch sites-fifty-nine in all. Not surprisingly, the sites are most prevalent in the Chicago suburbs. The state also includes two universities contributing to coverage through the "PatchU" program: Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and the Columbia College Chicago Journalism Department. Read CJR's full profile of the Patch network here. Patch has launched more than...

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  15. Feb 24, 2012 01:00 PM

    Patch (Iowa)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By AJ Hudson

    patch.iowa.png Iowa is currently home to nine Patch sites, with one more launching soon. These nine sites were part of a push to populate Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina with Patches in time for the 2012 Republican primary/caucus season. Read CJR's full profile of the Patch network here. Patch has launched more than 860 sites in twenty-two states plus the District...

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  16. Feb 24, 2012 01:06 PM

    Patch (Maryland)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By AJ Hudson

    patch.maryland.png A relatively small state geographically, Maryland is home to a huge number of Patch sites. There are currently fifty-two live sites, with more in the works. Home to both Baltimore and D.C. suburbs, the state is a prime spot for Patch's strategy of targeting affluent, technologically savvy communities. Read CJR's full profile of the Patch network here. Patch has launched more than 860...

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  17. Feb 24, 2012 01:11 PM

    Patch (Massachusetts)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By AJ Hudson

    patch.massachusetts.png Patch brought its business to Massachusetts in early 2010, launching sites in coverage in Marlborough, Sudbury, Wellesley, Newton, Quincy, Belmont, Bedford, Milton, Needham and Concord. Among its competitors at the time were CentralMassNews.com, and a host of print newspapers that also maintained online presences. Read CJR's full profile of the Patch network here. Patch has launched...

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  18. Feb 24, 2012 01:17 PM

    Patch (Michigan)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By AJ Hudson

    patch.michigan.png Patch expanded into Michigan in 2010 as part of a push that included several other Midwestern states. The network has since launched a total of twenty-nine sites in the Great Lakes State, many in the Detroit suburbs.] Read CJR's full profile of the Patch network here. Patch has launched more than 860 sites in twenty-two states plus the District of Columbia....

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  19. Feb 24, 2012 01:22 PM

    Patch (Minnesota)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By AJ Hudson

    patch.minnesota.png Patch expanded into Minnesota in 2010 as part of a push that included several other Midwestern states. There are currently twenty-five individual Patch sites in Minnesota. Although sites are concentrated around the Twin Cities, coverage areas vary from urban areas like Southwest Minneapolis to suburbs like Richfield to slightly farther flung towns like Northfield. Read CJR's full...

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  20. Feb 24, 2012 01:27 PM

    Patch (Missouri)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By Justin Yang

    patch.missouri.png Patch expanded into Missouri in 2010 as part of a push that included several other Midwestern states. There are currently twenty-four individual Patch sites in Missouri, and the Missouri School of Journalism contributes to coverage of the state as part of the PatchU program. Read CJR's full profile of the Patch network here. Patch has launched more than 860...

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  21. Feb 24, 2012 12:14 PM

    Patch (New Hampshire)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By Justin Yang

    patch.new.hampshire.png Patch launched in New Hampshire in June of 2011 in anticipation of the 2012 presidential election primaries. As Arianna Huffington, president of AOL Huffington Post Media Group, remarked, the expansion would put Patch "squarely on the front lines of the presidential campaign." Patch's initial New Hampshire launch consisted of ten communities: Amherst, Bedford, Concord, Exeter, Hampton-North Hampton, Merrimack, Nashua, Portsmouth, Salem, and Windham....

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  22. Feb 24, 2012 12:20 PM

    Patch (New Jersey)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By Justin Yang

    patch.new.jersey.png The Patch network's first sites were launched in New Jersey in September of 2009, in the cities of Maplewood, Millburn-Short Hills, and South Orange. Today, Patch operates sites in more than 80 New Jersey communities. New Jersey remains a "petri dish" for Patch to develop business ideas and strategies. In December 2011, Patch merged two sites together after concluding that the...

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  23. Feb 24, 2012 12:28 PM

    Patch (New York)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By Lauren Kirchner

    patch.new.york.png After the first three Patch sites launched in suburban New Jersey in 2009, an expansion into New York's Westchester County and Long Island communities wasn't far behind that same year. Today, New York is home to seventy-one Patch sites and counting. In addition to Patch's usual suburban targets, the network has also grown to include individual, geographically small but highly populated neighborhoods within the boroughs...

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  24. Feb 24, 2012 12:22 PM

    Patch (North Carolina)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By Justin Yang

    patch.north.carolina.png Patch currently has only one site in North Carolina. It serves the community of active duty soldiers, civilians, and Army families stationed at Fort Bragg, which is located north of Fayetteville. The base spreads across four counties and has a population of around 40,000, according to the 2010 U.S. census. The site launched in June 2011. AOL announced the launch of...

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  25. Feb 24, 2012 12:26 PM

    Patch (Ohio)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By Justin Yang

    ohio.png Patch arrived in Ohio in 2010, launching twenty-four sites. According to a December 2010 story in Crain's Cleveland Business, the first three sites appeared in the Cleveland area, and Jean Dubail, former online editor of Cleveland's Plain Dealer, served as a regional editor during the launch. Read CJR's full profile of the Patch network here. Patch has launched more than 860...

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  26. Feb 24, 2012 12:33 PM

    Patch (Pennsylvania)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By Lauren Kirchner

    patch.pennsylvania.png In 2010, Patch launched twelve community sites in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, a densely populated area on the eastern edge of the state formerly propped up by the steel and manufacturing industries, and now making the transition into the tech sector. Since then, the Patch network in Pennsylvania has grown extensively, to fifty-nine sites, and includes large clusters of sites in the suburbs of Philadelphia and...

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  27. Feb 24, 2012 12:45 PM

    Patch (Rhode Island)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By Justin Yang

    patch.rhode.island.png Patch came to Rhode Island in October 2010, launching in Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth after the Newport Daily News ended free access to its website. A month later, Patch launched in eighteen more communities. Read CJR's full profile of the Patch network here. Patch has launched more than 860 sites in twenty-two states...

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  28. Feb 24, 2012 12:43 PM

    Patch (South Carolina)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By Justin Yang

    patch.south.carolina.png Patch arrived in South Carolina in June 2011 with an initial launch of four sites serving Charleston-area communities with populations ranging from 15,000 to 100,000 people. There are currently eleven Patch sites in the state. Read CJR's full profile of the Patch network here. Patch has launched more than 860 sites in twenty-two states plus the District of Columbia. For more...

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  29. Mar 1, 2012 01:29 AM

    Patch (Virginia)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By Justin Yang

    patch.virginia.png The Old Dominion is home to thirty-one Patch sites in all, but the sites are not evenly spread out through the state, geographically speaking. The overwhelming majority of Virginia's Patches are located in the fast-growing, affluent and tech-savvy Washington, D.C. suburban neighborhoods in and around Fairfax County, in the northeast tip of the state. Read CJR's full profile of the Patch network here....

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  30. Feb 24, 2012 12:56 PM

    Patch (Washington State)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By Justin Yang

    patch.washington.png Patch launched in Washington state in October 2010, its first site focusing on University Place in Pierce County, near Tacoma. Patch later rolled out a total of fourteen sites in the tech-savvy state, concentrating on the Tacoma and Seattle areas. Read CJR's full profile of the Patch network here. Patch has launched more than 860 sites in twenty-two states...

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  31. Feb 24, 2012 12:59 PM

    Patch (Wisconsin)

    AOL's fast-growing hyperlocal network

    By Lauren Kirchner

    patch.wisconsin.png The Patch network in Wisconsin consists of sixteen sites, all of which are concentrated around Milwaukee with the exception of Hudson Patch, which is more than 300 miles away, near Minneapolis-St. Paul. Fortunately for Patch, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel announced in late 2011 that it would be putting its website behind a paywall, opening the door for potential traffic...

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  32. Jan 5, 2011 08:23 PM

    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...

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  33. Jan 14, 2011 12:47 PM

    The Rapidian

    Grand Rapids-based citizen journalism

    By Alex Fekula

    rapidian.png GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — Grand Rapids-based The Rapidian takes the concept of grassroots citizen journalism to heart. A community-wide project, operating under a for-us/by-us ethos, The Rapidian was created by the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, a nonprofit media and technology support organization for the Grand Rapids area. The Center began as a public access television station, and currently operates two television stations, a noncommercial...

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  34. Sep 21, 2011 11:39 AM

    The Sacramento Press

    An ad network helps pay the bills for local news

    By Caitlin Kasunich

    SacramentoPress.png SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA — Before October 2008, Ben Ilfeld and Geoff Samek, the founders of The Sacramento Press, had no journalism experience. In college, Ilfeld had studied economics and political science, while Samek had studied computer science. What the Sacramento natives did have in common, though, was a desire to develop a new website emphasizing reader discussion around local news and events. Before long,...

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  35. 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...

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  36. Jun 1, 2011 12:33 PM

    Theme Park Insider

    News and reviews for theme park enthusiasts

    By Alex Fekula

    ThemePark.png 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 mega-park epicenters like Orlando, Florida. and Anaheim, California. With options ranging from Universal Studios to Disney World to Busch Gardens, the vacation planning process can at times seem daunting. Pasadena-based Theme Park Insider aims to take the edge off...

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  37. Oct 26, 2011 06:13 PM

    Washington Independent Review of Books

    Serious-minded reviews of books across the literary spectrum

    By Daniel Luzer

    washington.independent.review.of.books.png WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — When newspapers across the country have to cut costs, their book sections inevitably end up on the chopping block. David O. Stewart, president of the Freedom to Write Fund, which is dedicated to education and public advocacy on behalf of writers, says that he and the other members of the Fund became concerned about shrinking book review sections and the...

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