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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 18, 2011 12:25 PM

    Birthplace Magazine

    News and reviews for the NYC hip hop scene

    By Julia Pyper

    BirthplaceMag.png NEW YORK, NEW YORK — Birthplace Magazine was created with a mission: to highlight the best of New York hip hop. The name comes from New York's status as the musical genre's hometown. Built on a solid foundation of ideas and expertise, the website has gained momentum, but now faces a number of marketing and editorial challenges before it can continue to expand....

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  3. Feb 6, 2012 03:36 PM

    Corona del Mar Today

    A one-woman news operation for a wealthy Newport Beach, Calif. neighborhood

    By David Riedel

    carona.del.mar.today.png CORONA DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA — When former newspaper reporter Amy Senk decided to get back into journalism, she wasn't sure how to begin. "When I was reporting, we barely had Internet or e-mail," she says. Senk left her job at the Contra Costa Times in the mid-1990s and focused on raising a family. When her husband was diagnosed with an aggressive blood cancer in late...

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  4. 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...

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  5. Jun 20, 2011 04:22 PM

    FITSNews

    Impolitic South Carolina political news

    By Joel Meares

    fitsnews.png COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA — In May 2010, Will Folks, the onetime spokesman for South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, sparked a sex scandal as juicy as his former boss's trip to the Appalachian Trail (by way of Buenos Aires). That month, Folks claimed he had had an "inappropriate physical relationship" with State Representative Nikki Haley--then running in a competitive Republican primary for...

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  6. 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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  7. Oct 6, 2011 05:15 PM

    MediaStorm

    Multimedia outlet meets production house

    By Lauren Kirchner

    MediaStorm.png BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — Above the cobblestone streets of Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood, the producers, engineers, and cinematographers of MediaStorm are producing some of the most arresting and moving stories online today. While side-stepping the news cycle in favor of more timeless features, their particular brand of multimedia narrative is attracting online viewers from 170 countries around the globe. It has also helped the...

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  8. Sep 16, 2011 11:16 AM

    MyEugene

    Community news and citizen journalism for Oregon's second city

    By Leah Binkovitz

    myeugene.png EUGENE, OREGON — Consider MyEugene your full-service hyperlocal news site in the second largest city in Oregon. If you're new to town and want to know where to buy dog food or recycle Styrofoam, just ask Jaculynn Peterson, MyEugene's founder and editor. Like many of MyEugene's readers, Peterson is not native to Eugene or the West Coast. But when she moved there in...

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  9. Jul 5, 2011 02:37 PM

    NEast Philly

    Neighborhood news for working-class Philadelphia

    By Alex Fekula

    NEastPhilly.png PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA — While still an undergraduate journalism major at Temple University, Shannon McDonald launched the hyperlocal NEast Philly, an online only news source that provides daily coverage for the Northeast section of Philadelphia. In the site's own words, NEast Philly offers "daily news, analysis, multimedia, columns and commentary on everything that interests the proud, working-class neighborhoods of The NEast." <li...

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. May 23, 2011 02:55 PM

    Obit Magazine

    Making the most of the dead beat

    By Lauren Kirchner

    obit_magazine.png PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY — Obit, an online magazine launched in 2007 to examine life, death, and the transitions in between, isn't as dark as you might initially think. "What death can mean to the living and what living may have meant to the dead," reads a tagline on its masthead. "Death is only half the story. Obit is about life..." reads another. Far more...

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  13. Oct 31, 2011 11:46 AM

    Plunderbund

    Ohio state politics from a progressive point of view

    By Alysia Santo

    plunderbund.png HAMILTON, OHIO — Like many political news sites, Plunderbund was born out of frustration. Ohio-based writer Eric Vessels had been disengaged from politics for years, but when President Bush was reelected in 2004, his apathy transformed into anger. "I realized I hadn't been an active part of doing anything to make the country go in the direction I wanted it to," says Vessels....

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  14. Jan 25, 2012 12:56 AM

    Sheepshead Bites

    Hyperlocal stories by the seaside in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn

    By Caitlin Kasunich

    sheepshead.bites.png BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — Nearly four years ago, the late renowned Brooklyn blogger Robert Guskind pointed out in his coverage of the 2008 Brooklyn Blogfest the pressing need for hyperlocal news sites in the borough's least-covered communities. "While some neighborhoods like Carroll Gardens and Park Slope are written about at length, others, such as Sunset Park and Sheepshead Bay - where...

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  15. Nov 11, 2011 11:30 AM

    StarkvilleNow.com

    Local news and aggregation for a college town in Mississippi

    By Alex Fekula

    Starkville.png STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI — As the results of the 2009 Starkville municipal elections rolled in, Robbie Coblentz waited in city hall and posted the results in real time via iPhone to the Twitter feed of his local news site, Starkville Now. Not long after, he was contacted by the nearby Tupelo, Miss. Daily Journal and the Columbus, Miss. Commercial Dispatch, wondering just how Coblentz...

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  16. 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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  17. Jan 17, 2011 11:46 AM

    The Daily Caller

    Tucker Carlson and co.'s political reporting startup

    By Michael Meyer

    dailycaller.png WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — "My politics are relatively well known," conservative media personality Tucker Carlson told CJR in February of 2010, not long after he and former Dick Cheney aide Neil Patel launched political news site The Daily Caller. "But this site is not a pure distillation of my politics. My views are not interesting enough to sustain the company we're...

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  18. Jan 19, 2011 04:42 PM

    The Locust Fork News-Journal

    A one-man purveyor of mobile journalism performance art

    By Michael Meyer

    locust.fork.news-journal.png BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA — The Locust Fork News-Journal, like many websites, is wholly devoted to the quirks, whims, emotions, and talents of its founder--in this case, a former newspaper reporter and self-proclaimed champion of the "independent watchdog Web press" named Glynn Wilson. Unlike most sites (including many owned by the "corporate media" Wilson rails against) the News-Journal is stable and profitable--a testament to what can...

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  19. Jun 30, 2011 11:50 AM

    The Los Angeles Review of Books

    A book review section for a post-print age

    By Lauren Kirchner

    the_los_angeles_review_of_books.png LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — Tom Lutz, nonfiction author and creative writing professor, offers a startling statistic about the book business on his new website: "twenty times as many titles are published each year than were in 1980, and we have one twentieth of the serious book reviews." The Los Angeles Review of Books, an online magazine launched by Lutz in April 2011, is his...

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  20. Jul 25, 2011 04:00 PM

    Universal Hub

    A wicked smart Boston hyperlocal

    By Connor Boals

    universal.hub.png BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS — What started as a simple online directory of businesses, restaurants, and other establishments serving Boston has grown into a full-blown hub of Beantown information. After a layoff prompted him to take his side project full-time, Adam Gaffin set about building Universal Hub into a hyperlocal news hub with an original Boston twist. If you want the day's biggest stories, stick...

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  21. Jan 5, 2012 11:22 AM

    Urban Milwaukee

    Reporting and advocacy on urban issues in the Cream City

    By Paige Rentz

    urban.milwaukee.png MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN — After merging two local blogs to launch a news site several years ago, web developers Jeramey Jannene and Dave Reid have a strong presence in downtown Milwaukee, serving up local urban news on their combined effort, Urban Milwaukee. Jannene and Reid do not shy away from writing with a very defined perspective. "We're not simply reporting; there's a level of...

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  22. Feb 22, 2012 01:38 PM

    Welles Park Bulldog

    News and sports for Chicago's North Side

    By Ian Fullerton

    welles.park.bulldog.png CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Welles Park Bulldog takes its name from a picturesque public park in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood, and delivers insight and opinion on politics, culture, and sports for a dense stretch of residential and mixed-use boroughs on Chicago's North Side. The site's founder and publisher, Patrick Boylan, first had the idea that would eventually become the Bulldog in 2009. "I had...

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