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  1. Mar 24, 2011 12:11 PM

    Boise Guardian

    Pugnacious reporting on Boise's institutions

    By Chris Benz

    Boise.Guardian.png BOISE, IDAHO — The Boise Guardian, a one-man muckraking blog in Boise, Idaho, has developed an outsized influence and a regular following, thanks to the energy of its proprietor/ reporter, Dave Frazier. No friend of city hall, Frazier has an Idaho court decision named after him. In 2005, he sued the city of Boise for taking out a loan on a new police station...

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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. May 27, 2011 11:50 AM

    Broward Bulldog

    Nonprofit investigative journalism for Broward County, Fla.

    By Joel Meares

    Broward_bulldog.png FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA — Few states have been hit so hard by the newspaper downturn as Florida. In 2009, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel cut 20 percent of its staff. The same year, McClatchy's Miami Herald cut nearly 200 jobs and stopped distributing its international edition in South America and the Caribbean. Then, in 2011, the paper killed another fifteen jobs and...

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  4. 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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  5. Dec 5, 2011 11:54 AM

    Brownstoner

    Covering (and riding) Brooklyn's real estate wave

    By Maura R. O'Connor

    brownstoner.png BROOKLYN, NEW YORK — In 2004, a number of forces inspired Jonathan Butler to launch popular Brooklyn-based website Brownstoner.com. He was working at a hedge fund in Manhattan, a job that was losing its luster for him. A self-described real estate junkie, he had just submerged himself in the city's market for months and finally purchased a brownstone house in a quickly gentrifying...

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  6. Sep 13, 2011 11:23 AM

    Buffalo Rising

    A grassroots print startup hits its stride online

    By Paige Rentz

    BuffaloRising.png BUFFALO, NEW YORK — The mission of Buffalo Rising is embedded in its very name. A decade ago, as Elmwood Avenue shop owner Newell Nussbaumer began to witness a resurgence in his native city, he saw grassroots movements growing and activists who needed a voice. He sought to provide that with Buffalo Rising, first a tri-annual and later a monthly print product, and...

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  7. Oct 25, 2011 11:54 AM

    Burnt Orange Report

    A political news blog's move from undergraduate pursuit to progressive stalwart

    By Tyler Jones

    BurntOrangeReport.png AUSTIN, TEXAS — In 2002, Republicans gained control of the Texas state legislature for the first time in over a century, allowing then-congressman Tom DeLay a chance to push for an unprecedented voter redistricting that would give Texas Republicans a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. With few progressive watchdogs online in the Lone Star State, undergraduate students at the University of Texas stepped...

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  8. Mar 24, 2011 11:59 AM

    Calbuzz

    No-holds-barred political analysis

    By Joel Meares

    Callbuzz.png APTOS, CALIFORNIA — At political news and analysis website CalBuzz, newly elected California governor Jerry Brown is known simply as "Krusty." His high-spending Republican opponent in the 2010 gubernatorial election, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, is "eMeg." And so, while most Californians still got their earnest doses of 2010 election news from papers like the Los Angeles Times, The...

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  9. Feb 1, 2012 04:52 PM

    CalCoast News

    Investigations and other news for California's Central Coast

    By Chasen Marshall

    calcoast.news.png SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA — With major newspapers cutting investigative departments around the country, including along the Central Coast of California, Karen Velie and Dan Blackburn were concerned that major stories would go uncovered. In late 2007, the pair of veteran newspaper reporters launched their own online outlet focused on just the type of journalism they felt was lacking--hard news and investigations. Initially, Velie...

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  10. Feb 7, 2012 12:22 PM

    California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting

    A health newswire for the California press

    By Maura R. O'Connor

    california.healthcare.foundation.center.for.health.reporting.png ALHAMBRA, CALIFORNIA — The California HealthCare Foundation's Center for Health Reporting aims to produce investigative journalism "without an agenda" and publish these stories in various print, broadcast, and web news outlets across the state. Acting as an independent news organization located at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the center, founded in 2009, runs CenterforHealthReporting.org, where visitors can...

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  11. Dec 30, 2010 02:09 PM

    California Watch

    A watchdog for the Golden State

    By Colin Fleming

    californiawatch.png BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — In less than two years, California Watch has become a force in American journalism, distributing its content to over eighty different publications and operating with the biggest investigative team in the state. Launched in 2009 as a facet of the Center for Investigative Reporting, California Watch dedicates itself to "high-impact reporting" on health, education, ecology, politics, and public safety....

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  12. 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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  13. Dec 29, 2010 03:47 PM

    Capital (New York)

    Observer vets hope to "do well by being good"

    By Joel Meares

    capitalny.png NEW YORK, NEW YORK — When Capital launched in beta in June 2010, it joined an ever-swelling scrum of startups crowding the most covered, and coverable, city on Earth. How did Capital's co-founder Josh Benson, a longtime writer and editor at the New York Observer, hope to break out from the pack? You can find his answer on Capital's About page: "The premise of Capital is...

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  14. Apr 23, 2012 12:42 AM

    CapitolHillSeattle.com

    Hyperlocal news for the city's core of cool

    By Patricia Sauthoff

    CapitolHillSeatlle.com.png SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — Densely populated and filled with restaurants, nightspots, and shops, Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood is one of the city's hubs of cool. Even those who don't live in the area keep tabs on the neighborhood's comings and goings to see what hot spot will arrive next. Not a bad home for a news website. Enter CapitolHillSeattle.com, a hyperlocal community news...

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  15. Mar 25, 2011 01:38 PM

    CaryCitizen

    Proud proponents of upbeat hyperlocal news

    By Victoria Rau

    Cary.Citizen.png CARY, NORTH CAROLINA — Founder and publisher Hal Goodtree knew he was onto something with CaryCitizen when The New York Times referenced his coverage of the arrest of a local terrorism suspect on his site's third day of existence. Although the town had a local newspaper, The Cary News, its coverage focused on other towns in addition to Cary, and Goodtree felt that he could...

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