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  1. Aug 12, 2011 12:54 PM

    Aspen Journalism

    Collaborative investigations for a Colorado ski town

    By Maura R. O'Connor

    AspenJournalism.png ASPEN, COLORADO — Aspen is one of the few small cities in America that has competing daily newspapers--the Aspen Daily News and The Aspen Times. But after the economic recession in 2008, both papers were forced to severely trim their staff and resources, leading one local journalist to question the future of journalism in the Colorado community of around 60,000...

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  2. Jan 11, 2012 04:06 PM

    Brown Line Media

    An independently owned network of three sites reporting on Chicago's North Side

    By Ian Fullerton

    brown.line.media.png CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Though he writes a vast majority of the posts on his flagship news site, Center Square Journal, Mike Fourcher prefers the title of publisher over journalist. "That's an important distinction," he says. "I do employ journalists... but the person that runs a baseball bat company is not a carpenter." A native Chicagoan, Fourcher launched Center Square in early 2010, after...

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  3. Feb 23, 2012 05:33 PM

    Charlottesville Tomorrow

    Nonprofit news on growth, development, and local politics

    By Caitlin Kasunich

    charlottesville.tomorrow.png CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA — Although Charlottesville Tomorrow publishes a new story almost every day and has a close partnership with the local newspaper, it wasn't supposed to turn out that way. In early 2005, its founders simply wanted to launch a website that citizens could visit for objective, nonpartisan information on growth, development and local politics. "We set out to just be a community...

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  4. Jan 28, 2012 01:39 PM

    Colorado Public News

    Health care coverage for Centennial State newspapers and television stations

    By Alex Fekula

    colorado.public.news.png DENVER, COLORADO — With layoffs at the Denver Post and the closing of the Rocky Mountain News in 2009, few places have lost as much reporting talent in recent years as the Mile High City. Ann Imse, a former reporter for the Rocky who had previously worked as a correspondent for the Associated Press during the collapse of the Soviet Union, saw the writing on...

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  5. Jan 26, 2012 01:55 PM

    Connecticut Health Investigative Team

    Far-reaching niche investigations for the Nutmeg State

    By Maura R. O'Connor

    connecticut.health.investigative.team.png NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT — In 2010, award-winning journalist Lisa Chedekel published a story detailing how more than a dozen Connecticut doctors who had been sanctioned in other states for illegal or substandard practices were able to practice freely in Connecticut. She found that Connecticut rarely took action against doctors, even when their licenses had been censured in other states. When published in December...

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  6. 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...

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  7. 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...

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  8. Jan 5, 2011 04:26 PM

    InvestigateWest

    Investigative journalism for the Pacific Northwest

    By Colin Fleming

    investwest.png SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — Seattle's InvestigateWest may have a small budget and a tiny newsroom--but the organization's impact consistently belies its size. Founded in 2009, the small investigative nonprofit led by former Seattle Post-Intelligencer staffer Rita Hibbard has emerged as a major player in regional journalism, reporting on everything from chronic homelessness to the widespread poisoning of children by rat poison....

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  9. Jan 4, 2011 01:20 PM

    Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting

    Filling the reporting gap in Maine's state capital

    By Colin Fleming

    maineinvestigative.png HALLOWELL, MAINE — As the number of reporters covering Maine state government dropped from twenty in 1989 to fewer than ten today, a wife-and-husband duo, two old-school reporters, stepped up. In 2010, Naomi Schalit, a former reporter and producer at Maine Public Radio, and John Christie, former president and publisher of Central Maine Newspapers, launched the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, a watchdog...

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  10. Jan 5, 2011 04:53 PM

    MinnPost

    The Twin Cities startup is seeking loyal readers for hard news

    By Chris Benz

    minnpost.png MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA — Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab calls MinnPost founder Joel Kramer "one of the brightest stars in the news-startup firmament." The former editor and publisher of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Kramer started his nonprofit in 2007 with a rolodex of veteran journalists to whom he offered freelance work, and $1.2 million dollars in commitments from foundations and private donors. This was...

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  11. Sep 26, 2011 11:27 AM

    New America Media

    A news wire (and much more) for America's ethnic press

    By Lauren Kirchner

    NewAmericanMedia.png SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — In 1969, historian Franz Schurmann and journalist Orville Schell founded Pacific News Service to provide an alternative news source about U.S. military actions abroad. Four decades later, a descendant of that project continues the mission of supplementing the American mainstream press with news it wouldn't get otherwise--but this initiative seeks to inform by crossing linguistic, rather than geographic, borders. <!-- OPEN...

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  12. Recently Updated: Jun 28, 2011 01:18 PM

    New Haven Independent

    Connecticut-based leader in nonprofit community news

    By Arvin Temkar

    new_haven_independent.png NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT — The nonprofit New Haven Independent, which has been delivering serious-minded local news to residents of New Haven, Conn., and the surrounding area since 2005, takes a lot of pride in how it interacts with the community. In fact, the site's editor maintains that its readers are as integral to the editorial process as its reporters. "Our readers do our typos,"...

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  13. Dec 29, 2010 03:17 PM

    NJ Spotlight

    Trenton's statehouse startup

    By Lauren Kirchner

    NJ_Spotlight.png TRENTON, NEW JERSEY — NJSpotlight.com, which CJR profiled in September 2010, is a policy-focused news site based in the Trenton, N.J. state house. Launched in early 2010 by two former Newark Star-Ledger reporters, John Mooney and Tom Johnson, the site focuses on issues relating to the state budget, environmental and energy legislation, education policy, and health care. "We are nonpartisan, independent, policy-centered and community-minded," says...

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  14. Oct 24, 2011 11:42 AM

    Noozhawk

    Reporting (and financing) the news in Santa Barbara, Calif.

    By Paige Rentz

    Noozhawk.png SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA — 2006 was a tumultuous year for news in Santa Barbara. The daily Santa Barbara News-Press was experiencing a very public conflict between the publishers and editorial staff that resulted in waves of resignations and firings--a situation which ultimately led the National Labor Relations Board to find that management committed unfair labor practices after the staff voted to unionize. Four years later,...

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  15. Jan 27, 2012 11:55 AM

    NOWCastSA

    Multimedia community news for San Antonio, Texas

    By Maura R. O'Connor

    NOWCastSA.png SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — This spring, San Antonio residents will vote on a five-year, $596 million bond package intended to upgrade the city's infrastructure. The package includes 140 projects across the city, such as improvements to parks, sidewalks, and drainage facilities. Until they go to the polls on May 12, citizens who want to learn details about these projects can visit NOWCastSA.com, an...

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  16. Jan 5, 2011 06:00 PM

    Oakland Local

    Susan Mernit & co. cover their corner of the Bay

    By David Downs

    oaklandlocal.png OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA — Born from the community outrage that followed a local police-on-civilian killing caught on cell phone and spread across the Internet, one-year-old Oakland Local hopes to grow its professional reporting in 2011, while keeping its street-level perspective on the sometimes dangerous California port city it covers. Founder Susan Mernit edits and publishes the Local with an editorial staff of eight--none of whom...

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  17. Mar 24, 2011 12:49 PM

    Oklahoma Watch

    An investigative nonprofit for the Sooner State

    By Brendan Buhler

    Oklahoma.Watch.png NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — Oklahoma Watch is a nonprofit investigative reporting website launched in December 2010 under editor Tom Lindley, a veteran of the state's two major daily papers, the Oklahoman and the Tulsa World--credentials that Lindley says got him the job, as the two papers share resources with Oklahoma Watch and the editors of both papers sit on its executive board. Lindley says Oklahoma...

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  18. Apr 20, 2011 02:57 PM

    Solutions

    Colorado's source for health policy reporting and discussion

    By Dohini Patel

    solutuins.png DENVER, COLORADO — Solutions, launched on December 1st, 2010, is an independent, nonprofit news platform on health policy issues in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West. Solutions draws its inspiration from the format and niche content of another local news site, Education News Colorado. According to Solutions editor Diane Carman, the site "avoids the political back and forth that traditional media covers...

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  19. May 26, 2011 01:28 PM

    The Beachwood Reporter

    A belligerently informed take on Chicago media, sports, and culture

    By Armin Rosen

    BeachwoodMedia.png CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — In 2006, after fifteen years as a print journalist, including six years as a political reporter with Chicago Magazine, Steve Rhodes took the biggest gamble of his career. Frustrated with what he viewed as the magazine's obliviousness towards the Internet, he quit his job and threw all of his financial and journalistic resources behind his own online magazine, The Beachwood Reporter....

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  20. Jan 5, 2011 08:37 PM

    The Chicago News Cooperative

    Newspaper-style journalism for the Chicagoland area

    By Alex Fekula

    chicagonewscoop.png CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — [UPDATE: On February 20, 2012, Chicago News Cooperative editor and CEO James O'Shea announced that CNC was suspending its website, as well as its contributions to The New York Times, in order to " reassess our operations and determine if there is a more sustainable path to the future."] The Chicago News Cooperative was famously the first outside news organization...

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  21. May 25, 2011 01:04 PM

    The Connecticut Mirror

    Former Courant staffers step up to fill the state's hard news gap

    By David Downs

    The.CT.Mirror.png HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT — A tiny, talented, maybe-a-bit-too-earnest team of ex-Hartford Courant staffers is trying to plug the glaring gaps in Connecticut's political coverage at CT Mirror, a sober-minded news startup that chases the sorts of in-depth, investigative political stories that the state's depleted legacy news organizations no longer have the resources to pursue. Working from the state capitol since January 2010, the nonprofit, non-partisan,...

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  22. Mar 24, 2011 12:20 PM

    The Lens

    Investigative reporting on The Big Easy

    By Brendan Buhler

    The.Lens.png NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — Launched in January 2010, The Lens is an eight-person nonprofit investigative news website partnered with weekly papers and a local television station in New Orleans. The site aims to fill the gaps that are no longer being covered by New Orleans's cash-strapped traditional news operations. Right now, The Lens's goal is to produce big, investigative stories every two weeks, and...

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  23. May 19, 2011 04:01 PM

    The News Outlet

    College students report local news for northeastern Ohio

    By Connor Boals

    the_news_outlet.png YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO — Faced with an increase in journalism majors and the general decay of legacy media coverage in the Mahoning Valley region of northern Ohio, Youngstown State University journalism professors Alyssa Lenhoff and Tim Francisco created The News Outlet, a collaborative effort between the university and several local media outlets. The founders hoped the site's journalism would not only fill a hole in local...

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  24. 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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  25. Jan 5, 2011 03:54 PM

    The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University

    The first university-based investigative nonprofit

    By Colin Fleming

    schuster.png WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS — In 2004, former Washington Post reporter Florence Graves founded The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, thereby creating the very first university-based investigative nonprofit. In less than seven years, The Schuster Institute has snatched up more than ten awards and had its work published everywhere from Foreign Policy to Good Housekeeping. It is also one of the few American...

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  26. Jan 4, 2011 05:48 PM

    The Texas Tribune

    Political reporting and investigations for the Lone Star State

    By Justin Yang

    texas.tribune.png AUSTIN, TEXAS — The Texas Tribune, which writer Jake Batsell profiled for CJR in July 2010, focuses on state politics, government, and investigative reporting, and prides itself on finding innovative ways of presenting the news to an increasingly expanding audience. The nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization has helped redefine online journalism and extended its goals of civic engagement far beyond the Internet. ...

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  27. Jun 7, 2011 11:27 AM

    Twin Cities Daily Planet

    Citizen-powered local news for Minneapolis and St. Paul

    By Armin Rosen

    twin_cities_daily_planet.png MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA — The Twin Cities Daily Planet focuses on a combination of neighborhood-level news and coverage of progressive, social justice-related issues in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. But it wants to be more than just a news-gathering operation. The Daily Planet is just as committed to creating journalists--or, perhaps more accurately, citizens who engage with their communities through journalism--as it is to publishing them,...

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  28. Jan 5, 2011 05:30 PM

    voiceofsandiego.org

    A nonprofit news innovator in Southern California

    By David Downs

    voiceofsandiego.png SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA — Exposing the darker side of a sunny beach city, the six-year-old news site Voice of San Diego is having a larger influence than its small size might suggest. With 170,000 unique visitors a month, the nationally renowned nonprofit has an annual budget of $1.2 million (mostly from grants), a slim staff of fifteen, and a content-sharing deal with NBC...

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