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CJR's Guide to Online News Startups

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  1. Jun 8, 2011 12:17 PM

    Ars Technica

    The old guard of tech news, mixing context, the long view, and a sense of humor

    By Isaac Olson

    ars_technica.png NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Since its founding in 1998, Ars Technica has grown to become a trusted, go-to source for news, reviews, and information about scientific advancements, technological breakthroughs, video gaming, tech policy, gadgetry, software, hardware, and everything in between. However, Ken Fisher, the site's Massachusetts-based founder and editor-in-chief, claims Ars Technica's success as one of the oldest and largest tech-focused websites isn't...

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  2. 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...

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  3. Jan 3, 2011 01:35 PM

    Gawker

    Pioneers of Internet snark branch out toward general interest news

    By Sean Gandert

    gawker.png NEW YORK, NEW YORK— The rise of Gawker has been well-documented. Founded by Nick Denton in 2003 as "the source for daily Manhattan media news and gossip," the site's urbane tone of bemusement in line with the old Spy, coupled with the Internet's ability to feature near-instant commentary on events, turned the site into a quick, widely imitated success. But the current version of...

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  4. Jan 5, 2011 04:06 PM

    IGN

    The web's definitive video game press

    By Sean Gandert

    IGN.png SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — IGN, which began in 1996 as just another video game site in a flood of similar sites with a similar voice, has become one of the behemoths of Internet journalism, with over 13 million unique visitors a month and a staff size rivaling that of many newspapers. Its success is a model for how a Web site can tap a...

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  5. Jul 26, 2011 08:20 AM

    Innovation Trail

    Public radio takes to the web to cover upstate New York's transitioning economy

    By Maura R. O'Connor

    innovation.trail.png ROCHESTER, NEW YORK — Fifty years ago the economy of upstate New York was rooted in industry and manufacturing, but in recent decades these sectors have dramatically declined. In the 1980s alone, hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs were lost, according to the Albany Times Union. "Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse were heavy industrial areas," says journalist Juan Vazquez. "A lot of the economy was based on...

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  6. Jul 11, 2011 03:48 PM

    Inside Facebook

    Data-heavy news and analysis of the Internet's hottest property

    By Arvin Temkar

    inside_facebook.png PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA — As the social networking behemoth Facebook shapes the way people think about everything from privacy to public relations, and as rumors continue to circulate about a possible 2012 IPO that could value Facebook at over $100 billion, the site Inside Facebook, which analyzes the company's growth, has become increasingly relevant. Internet media entrepreneur Justin Smith started Inside Facebook in...

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  7. Jan 5, 2011 07:50 PM

    LiveScience

    Science news at light speed

    By Brett Norman

    livescience.png NEW YORK, NEW YORK — LiveScience cranks out a high-volume mix of newsy and fun science curios in its efforts to chase after the fickle attentions of Internet wayfarers. Readers are voting approval with their clicks--an impressive three million-plus uniques per month--and the site, with a full-time editorial staff of five, has the relatively rare distinction of being profitable. As part of a...

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  8. Mar 24, 2011 04:04 PM

    Nebraska Watchdog

    Think tank-funded investigations for the Cornhusker State

    By Brendan Buhler

    Nebraska.Watchdog.png LAVISTA, NEBRASKA — Nebraska Watchdog, which launched in September 2009 with longtime newsman Joe Jordan as its sole employee, is a one-man shop focusing on investigative and statehouse news in the Cornhusker State. The site is part of a network of sites around the country that share the Watchdog name. Jordan spent twenty-nine years as a political and investigative reporter for KMTV CBS in Omaha,...

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  9. Oct 5, 2011 08:03 PM

    NewsOne

    Original and aggregated national news for black America

    By Maura R. O'Connor

    NewsOne.png NEW YORK, NEW YORK— In July 2011, New York City's beaches and rivers were closed to recreational use for five days, after a fire at a major sewage treatment plant led to millions of gallons of untreated sewage being dumped into the Hudson and Harlem rivers. Most New York news outlets focused on the immediate fallout from the leak at the North River Wastewater Treatment...

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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...

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  35. Sep 12, 2011 02:32 PM

    Stateline.org

    Filling a reporting vacuum at statehouses nationwide

    By Jeremy White

    Stateline.otg.png WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — If the diminished ranks of statehouse reporters is one of the most glaring indicators of journalism's current woes, Stateline offers a glimpse of a potentially promising future. The Washington-based website is at the forefront of a number of publications trying to fill the vacuum of state politics coverage left by the shrinking budgets of traditional news organizations. Launched...

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  36. Aug 9, 2011 10:58 AM

    The Big Lead

    From independent sports blog to corporate flagship

    By Erik Shilling

    the.big.lead.png NEW YORK, NEW YORK — The Big Lead first entered the consciousness of the sports media world around 2006, when then-Kansas City Star sports columnist Jason Whitlock trashed a series of colleagues in a flame-throwing interview that, for a few days at least, lit up the Internet. Less than a year after that the site received a bigger, if more unlikely,...

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  37. Mar 12, 2012 01:58 PM

    The New York World

    Accountability journalism from recent Columbia J-School alums

    By Tom Marcinko

    the.new.york.world.png NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Last October 18, the day The New York World went live with a mission to expand journalism education and hold local and state governments accountable, editor Alyssa Katz posted a story by World reporter Sasha Chavkin about a private bus line in Brooklyn that ran a city bus route under a franchise agreement. Despite being open...

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  38. Dec 31, 2010 01:06 AM

    The Root

    A strong online presence for the African American press

    By Dohini Patel

    theroot.png WASHINGTON, DISTRICT of COLUMBIA — Founded in 2008, The Root continues a long tradition of black-perspective journalism in America, reporting on social, cultural, and political issues through an African American lens. With the Quincy Jones-founded Vibe folding in 2009 before its rebirth as a quarterly, and Essence and others toughing it out in a shrinking magazine market, there's been a...

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  39. Oct 12, 2011 11:51 PM

    The Saginaw Valley Journal

    A for-profit campus news source

    By Alex Fekula

    SaginawValleyJournal.png UNIVERSITY CENTER, MICHIGAN — Pinned to the bulletin board at the editorial offices of the Saginaw Valley State University-based Saginaw Valley Journal is an article entitled "Leggings Aren't Pants!" An opinion piece featured in a rival campus-run newspaper, the article acts as a constant reminder for the Journal's editorial staff of "what not to do." Looking to provide the SVSU community with a...

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