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  1. Jan 5, 2011 06:54 PM

    Center For Investigative Reporting

    Old-school investigative nonprofit takes to the web

    By Colin Fleming

    centerinvesreport.png BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA — In the world of American investigative nonprofits, the Center for Investigative Reporting is the oldest and one of the best recognized. Founded in 1977 by a small group of investigative reporters, CIR has grown considerably since, amassing numerous awards. It now employs a full-time staff of twenty and works with an annual budget of over $4 million. CIR has broken stories...

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  2. Jan 28, 2012 01:43 PM

    CHARLIE Magazine

    Perfecting the local online glossy in Charleston, South Carolina

    By Chris Benz

    charlie.magazine.png CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA — "When you start something, what your role ends up being is quite different than what you imagined it to be," says Caroline Nuttall, founder of CHARLIE, a local culture magazine based in Charleston, South Carolina. Originally a publicist, Nuttall founded the website in 2009, and expanded it successfully to a niche market, profitability, and a part-time staff of...

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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. Jun 20, 2012 12:52 PM

    Chicago Phoenix

    Chicago LGBT media goes digital (and grows up)

    By Ian Fullerton

    chicago.phoenix.png CHICAGO, IL — Gay media in Chicago has struggled in its search for identity. In recent years, two of the city's most prominent LGBT publications, Gay Chicago Magazine and the Chicago Free Press, shut down after transitioning from the traditional "bar rag" format, with content centered on entertainment and sex culture, to a more issue-related news and features focus. Some observers speculated that revenue problems...

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  5. 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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  6. Aug 1, 2011 11:53 AM

    ClearHealthCosts.com

    Guiding consumers through the health care marketplace

    By Maura R. O'Connor

    clearhealthcosts.png PELHAM, NEW YORK — Jeanne Pinder had a storied career in print journalism: she was born into a newspaper family and spent twenty-three years at The New York Times. But today Pinder is venturing into new territory by founding a start-up website that aims to bring transparency and accountability to the health care marketplace. ClearHealthCosts.com was launched in beta form by Pinder in...

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  7. Sep 19, 2011 12:31 PM

    CNET

    The tech news and reviews pioneer

    By Evan MacDonald

    CNET.png SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — Looking for the latest news on Dell or Hewlett-Packard, or trying to figure out whether to buy yourself an Apple iPad or one of its competitors in the tablet category? If you are, there's a good chance you're going to end up on CNET. CNET is a technology news website that offers tech product reviews, news, price comparisons, free...

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  8. 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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  9. Mar 24, 2011 03:31 PM

    Columbus Underground

    Entertainment and events coverage with a civic bent

    By Connor Boals

    Columbus.Underground.png COLUMBUS, OHIO — Launched in 2001, Columbus Underground was founding editor Walker Evans's answer to a lack of online resources for Columbus's nightlife scene. A devoted fan of his city, Evans grew the site from a social calendar to a resource that helps the local community stay informed on just about everything Ohio's capital city has to offer. With 2.1 million visits and 8.5...

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  10. Jul 21, 2011 05:46 PM

    Common Language Project

    In-depth human rights reporting and multimedia storytelling

    By Connor Boals

    CommonLanguageProject.png SEATTLE, WASHINGTON —In 2005, three friends on their way to becoming freshly anointed college grads had an idea. They were budding journalists with global ambitions who didn't want to sit on their hands while foreign coverage in American newspapers continued to fade. The three, Sarah Stuteville, Alex Stonehill, and Jessica Partnow, decided to take a trip to about a dozen countries in Southeast Asia and...

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  11. 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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  12. Jan 30, 2012 03:48 PM

    Connecticut Watchdog

    Hard-hitting consumer protection reporting

    By Chris Benz

    connecticut.watchdog.png EAST LONGMEADOW, MASSACHUSETTS — The best businesses have a compelling origin story, and George Gombossy's consumer protection website, Connecticut Watchdog, started with a doozy. As of 2009, Gombossy had worked at the Hartford Courant for forty-one years: first as a reporter, then business editor, then as "The Watchdog," a consumer protection columnist. His picture hung on the side of "every bus in Hartford"...

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  13. 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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  14. Dec 8, 2011 04:11 PM

    CountyNewsLIVE.com

    A fast-growing news network for rural Missouri

    By Caitlin Kasunich

    contynewslive.com.png HERMANN, MISSOURI — Although the homepage of Gasconade County's CountyNewsLIVE.com has the look and feel of a simple, straightforward blog, it is actually the first of three frequently updated Missouri-based hyperlocal news websites founded by writer and publisher Jeff Noedel. Launched in March 2008, the Gasconade County site primarily covers rural Hermann, Missouri, a small agricultural town that attracts tourists with its nearby...

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  15. Feb 20, 2012 01:54 PM

    Cronkite News

    Arizona State University's student-reported website and news wire

    By Tom Marcinko

    cronkite.news.png PHOENIX, ARIZONA — Student journalists now learning their trade by filing stories for Cronkite News were born long after Walter Cronkite (1916-2009) signed off the CBS Evening News in 1981. A part of Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Cronkite News publishes news by student journalists on its own website, and produces stories for the Associated Press, McClatchy-Tribune...

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