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Building blocks in the emerging local news ecosystem

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  • A Child Grows in Brooklyn


    A Child Grows in Brooklyn provides news and information for parents, including child-friendly events and parenting tips. The owners purchased the site from its founder in 2013. Revenue: Advertising, including sponsored posts.

  • Austin EcoNetwork


    Austin EcoNetwork is a community website and with a twice a week newslater featuring the latest environmental news in Austin, TX. It offers Eco news, Eco Events Calendar, Eco Jobs and an Austin Eco Directory. 

    Revenue: Advertising

  • Bay Journal

    Bay Journal is a nonprofit news outlet that covers Chesapeake Bay with an emphasis on environmental reporting. Established in 1991, it publishes a monthly print edition in addition to online content and a weekly newsletter. Revenue: Foundation grants, donations.

  • Belt Magazine

    Belt Magazine is a digital publication that covers the Rust Belt and greater Midwest. Launched in 2017, the Cleveland-based site publishes longform reporting as well as personal essays and poetry. Revenue: Membership, donations

  • Bike Portland


    BikePortland covers all things bicycling in Portland, Oregon. In 2013, publisher Jonathan Maus joined forces with Michael Anderson, who had run Portland Afoot for three years. The site also has a podcast channel (TheBikePortland Podcast).

    Revenue: Advertising, photo sales, reader contributions.

  • Black Hills Knowledge Network


    The Black Hills Knowledge Network, a partnership with local libraries, seeks to be a central place where citizens can find key data about their community. Revenue: Grants

  • BoiseDev


    Boise Dev covers business news, growth, development, and related topics in the Boise, Idaho area. Publisher and owner is Don Day, who was a Knight Stanford fellow in 2018. Revenue: advertising, events and memberships that give access to audio content and other exclusive editorial.


  • Borderzine

    With a focus on the southern border between the U.S. and Mexico, Borderzine is an educational initiative and online publication that trains student journalists at the University of Texas El Paso and partner schools in the U.S. and Mexico. It launched in 2008. Revenue: Donations.

  • Brownstoner


    Launched in 2004, Brownstoner began by chronicling Brooklyn’s rapid evolution through the lens of real estate and renovation.m As Brooklyn transitioned from “outer borough” to primary destination, Brownstoner grew from a pioneering blog to a respected digital publication whre people can find or sell a home, make a home better, and learn about the past, present and future of Brooklyn.

  • Buffalo Rising


    Buffalo Rising was founded to cover urban development and community activism in Buffalo. Revenue: Advertising.

  • Building Austin


    This site is about the growth and development in Austin, TX. It covers construction, transportation and political news about Austin. It posts frequently and engages its readers through social media. Revenue: Advertising

  • Bungalower


    Bungalower covers the downtown Orlando neighborhoods and Downtown Orlando. Launched by Matt Broffman, a former Reynolds Journalism Institute fellow, the site focuses on growth, development, quality of life issues, local events and real estate. Bungalower's revenue model is focused on consumer revenue vs just advertising revenue. Bungalower launched a Membership program in 2014.

  • Calbuzz


    Journalist, author, TV talk show host Jerry Roberts and pollster, writer and communication consultant Phil Trounstine head this site about California politics. Revenue: Advertising. Bonus Point: They were named by the Washington Post as the best non-partisan site about politics in California.

  • Catalyst Chicago


    Catalyst is a watchdog and resource for school improvement in Chicago, writing about what is working, what is not working and why. The site has four target audiences: parents, educators, community members and policy makers. 

  • Chalkbeat Colorado


    Chalkbeat Colorado used to be Ed News Colorado.  It is a founding bureau of Chalkbeat, a nonprofit network of  sites covering education formed in 2013. Other Chalkbeats: New YorkIndianaTennessee, Detroit, Newark, and Chicago. Chalkbeat was granted nonprofit tax status by the IRS in 2014. Revenue: Foundation grants, sponsorships, job board. 

  • Chalkbeat Indiana


    Chalkbeat Indiana, launched in 2014, is part of the small, nonprofit, Chalkbeat network that covers schools and education policy. Other sites: Chalkbeat Colorado, Chalkbeat New YorkChalkbeat Tennessee, Detroit, Chicago and Newark. Chalkbeat was granted nonprofit tax status by the IRS in 2014. Revenue: Grants, sponsorships.

  • Chalkbeat New York


    Chalkbeat New York used to be Gotham Schools. It is a founding bureau of Chalkbeat, a nonprofit network of schools sites formed in 2013. Chalkbeat was co-founded by Education News Colorado (now Chalkbeat Colorado) and has opened news operations in IndianaTennessee. Chicago, Detroit and Newark.  Revenue: Foundation grants, sponsorships, job board. 


  • Chalkbeat Tennessee


    Chalkbeat Tenneessee, launched in 2014, is part of the nonprofit Chalkbeat network that covers schools and education policy. Chalkbeat was granted nonprofit tax status by the IRS in 2014. Other sites: Chalkbeat Colorado, Chalkbeat New YorkChalkbeat Indiana, Chalkbeat Detroit, and Chalkbeat Newark. Revenue: Grants, job board.

  • Charlottesville Tomorrow


    Charlottesville Tomorrow was launched in September 2005 and is a non-profit organization. It focuses on local growth, development, education and politics.  Through media partnerships it provides content to the local newspaper, The Daily Progress. Revenue: Donations, grants, underwriting.

  • Civic Story


    Civic Story, formerly New Jersey Arts News, is a nonprofit that produces short videos about innovative, creative activity in New Jersey. Revenue: Grants, donations.

  • Columbia Insight

    Columbia Insight focuses on environmental news and information concerning the Columbia River Basin in the Pacific Northwest. The nonprofit outlet launched in 2018. Revenue: Donations.

  • Confluence Denver


    Confluence Denver covers development entreprenuership, and innovation in Denver. It was founded by Eric Peterson. Revenue: Foundations, sponsorships.

  • Connecticutt Health Investigative Team


    The Connecticut Health Investigative Team provides indepth coverage of health and safety issues, including veterans' health, women's health, and environmental health in Connecticut and the surrounding region. The nonprofit launched in 2012. Revenue: Grants, donations.

  • Delaware Business Now!


    A business-to-business website and five-day-a-week newsletter serving the state of Delaware. The digital business was founded in 2013 by Doug Rainey, a 25-year veteran of business journals in the state of Delaware. The site showed steady growth in page views and advertising under the name Delaware Business Daily. In 2015, the site was rebranded under Delaware Business Now. The flagship product is the newsletter, with an every other week print-focused business journal. 

  • Delaware Currents


    The Delaware Current covers environmental news about the Delaware River and its surrounding communities. The site is a registered 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization. The site also publishes a monthly e-newsletter. Revenue: Sponsored content and reader donations

  • EdSource

    EdSource is a California news organization focused on education. Launched in 2012 by the nonprofit EdSource, it has the largest staff covering education of any newsroom in Calfornia. Revenue: Foundation grants.

  • Energy News Network


    Launched in 2010 as Midwest Energy News, this nonprofit site has expanded to provide four regional news services (adding Southeast, Northeast and Western since 2015). The organization tracks shifts from fossil fuels to clean energy in each region. Revenue: Grants, donations.

  • Enlace Latino NC

    Enlace Latino NC covers issues of interest to Latinos in North Carolina, including politics and immigration. It launched in 2017. Revenue: 

  • EQ (Entrepreneur Quarterly)


    EQ, short for Entrepreneur Quarterly, is a relatively new site that focuses on tech startups in St. Louis, MO. The site started in 2015 and supports itself with sponsorships by several large companies and universities. Supporters include Washington University and Saint Louis University, which distribute EQ's quarterly print magazine on their campuses. Revenue: Local company sponsorships, web ads.

  • Exit133


    Exit133 covers planning, urban development, and real estate in Tacoma, Washington. 

  • Georgia CEO


    Georgia CEO launched in 2010 to publish more detailed coverage of business than other local publications were providing. In addition to profiles of local business owners and articles about business strategy, Georgia CEO conducts and features video interviews with local business leaders. It also maintains a business directory. With over 30,000 subscribers around the state our publications deliver daily, custom content in 8 locales. Albany CEO, Athens CEO, Metro Atlanta CEO, Augusta CEO, Columbus CEO, Macon CEO, Savannah CEO and Valdosta CEO. Revenue: Sponsorships.

  • Georgia Health News


    Georgia Health News is a nonprofit site that covers news about health care as well as a resource guide to help residents navigate the system. Revenue: Grants, sponsorships, donations.

  • Global Atlanta


    This site started in 1993 and covers an interesting niche of global business, education and culture with local Atlanta spin. The site engages in social media, maintains an extensive events calander, provides a job board and contact list. 

    Revenue: Advertising

  • Great Lakes Echo


    The Great Lakes Echo covers environmental issues in the Great Lakes region. It was founded in 2008 by environmental journalist Dave Poulson and it is based in the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University. Reporting is done by students, professors, journalists and the Capital News Service for this non-profit. Revenue: University- and foundation-supported.

  • Idaho Education News

    Idaho Education News covers public education in Idaho as well as national developments that affect education in the state. A nonprofit, Idaho Education News launched in 2017. Revenue: Grants

  • IndyPolitics.org

    News on Indiana politics, government and education, run by Abdul Hakim-Shabazz. Produces regular radio shows and a daily email. Also produces a "cheat sheet" targeted at politicos. Revenue: advertising, subscription.

  • Investigate Midwest

    Investigate Midwest is a nonprofit news outlet that focuses on agribusiness. The site launched in 2009. Revenue: Grants, donations

  • Iowa Starting Line

    Iowa Starting Line, launched in 2015 by journalist Pat Raynard, covers all things politics in Iowa. Revenue: Advertising, donations.

  • Jersey Sports Zone


    The Shore Sports Zone was started by former broadcast reporter Rich Champranis in 2014. It covers high school sports along the Jersey Shore. Revenue: Advertising.

  • LA Taco

    LA Taco launched in 2006 to provide news and information about culture and food in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Among its offerings are taco guides to several LA communities, including downtown, Silver Lake, and Venice/Santa Monica. Revenue: Advertising.

  • Latina Lista


    Latina Lista aims to "elevate the voices of Latinas and Latinos in mainstream media" by featuring multimedia reports on Latinos and issues of importance in their community. Led by Marisa Treviño, Latina Lista 

  • Litchfield County Sports


    Local coverage of high school, college and professional sports. Polls readers. Releases a monthly magazine. Timothy Gaffney is the owner and founder. Revenue: advertisements and donations.

  • North Carolina Health News


    North Carolina Health News is an independent, not-for-profit, statewide news organization dedicated to covering health care in North Carolina. Founder Rose Hoban said the site was launched in 2011 in response to the decrease in health reporters around the state. It relies on small and in-kind donations.

  • QNotes


    This site aims to serve the LGBTQ and straight ally communities of Charlotte and the Carolinas with a focus on LGBTQ life and social justice issues. Editorial content consists of news, features, and views, as well as entertainment stories. Revenue: Advertising.

  • Richmond BizSense


    Richmond BizSense is a website focused on news about new businesses and the economy in Richmond, Virginia. It was founded by Aaron Kremer in 2008. Revenue: Advertising.

  • Seattle Bike Blog


    The Seattle Bike Blog covers bike news and opinion in Seattle, WA. The site features useful links, including a “Stolen Bikes” section. Revenue: Ads and subscriptions

  • Seattle Transit Blog


    The Seattle Transit Blog is niche topic site covering transit and land use issues in the Puget Sound region in Washington. The site publishes a weekly newsletter. The site also features a “Definitions” section for reader reference and a “Seattle for Visitors” page with useful public transit information for tourists. It is a registered 501(c)(4) nonprofit. Revenue: Donations, event fundraisers, and sponsorships.

  • Silicon Bayou News

    A local site covering technology and entrepreneurial business in Louisiana. Interestingly, they allow people to submit their personal information for a profile story. Zach Kupperman is the founder, Julia Ballard is the editor-in-chief. Revenue: advertising.

  • Silicon Hills News


    Silicon Hills News is a regional tech media publication that covers the Austin and San Antonio technology industry.  Revenue include subscribers and supporters, advertising, sponsorships, events and sale of special products. Revenue: Advertising, events.

  • SpokaneFAVS


    SpokaneFAVS provides non-sectarian coverage of religion, spirituality and ethics in the Inland Northwest. We promote dialogue through online journalism and community engagement opportunities.


  • Technical.ly


    Technical.ly is a community journalism outlet focused on how local economies change. Founded in February 2009, the site has fulll-time, daily beat coverage on technology, entrepreneurship, workforce development and related issues in Philadelphia, BaltimoreWashington, DC and Delaware, with additional pop-ups in other cities including Pittsburgh and Brooklyn.  Revenue: Talent acquisition services (employer branding subscription platform, events and direct placement work) and lead generation services (sponsored content and custom events)


  • Technical.ly Baltimore


    Technical.ly Baltimore is part of Technical.ly, a tech information and services netowork that launched in with Technical.ly Philly in Philadelphia in 2008 and has since expanded to Baltimore, Brooklyn, Washington, DC and Delaware. The organization's goal is to "grow local technology communities by connecting organizations and people through news, events and services." Revenue: Advertising, sponsorships, job listings.

  • Technical.ly DC


    Technical.ly DC is one of five news sites operated by Technical.ly Media, which aims to connect "grow local technology communities by connecting organizations and people through news, events and services." The other four sites are in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Brooklyn and Delaware. Revenue: Advertising, membership, sponsorships, job listings.

  • Technical.ly Delaware


    Technical.ly launched its fourth site, Technical.ly Delaware, in June 2014. Technical.ly Philly is the original site of Technical.ly, which has since expanded to Baltimore, Brooklyn, Delaware and Washington, DC. The organization's goal is to "grow local technology communities by connecting organizations and people through news, events and services." Revenue: Advertising, sponsorships, job listings.

  • Technical.ly Philly


    Technical.ly Media, a tech news and service provider that launched in with Technical.ly Philly in Philadelphia in 2008 and has since expanded to BaltimoreBrooklynDelaware and Washington, D.C. The organization's goal is to "grow local technology communities by connecting organizations and people through news, events and services." Revenue: Advertising, sponsorships, job listings.

  • Texas Wine Lover


    This site covers wine business news in the state of Texas. In addition to wine business news, it covers features of wineries and wineries reviews. They use social media extensively to engage with their audience. They post frequently. Revenue: Advertising, wine merchandise. 

  • The Crude Life

    Covers oil industry, with special focus on a ND regional production industry and a show on TX; produces and runs features in local pubs, and audio programming that airs on local stations. Owner is Jason Spiess. Revenue: sponsorships.

  • The Daily Line


    The Daily Line, formerly Aldertrack, is a niche site that covers political news for the city of Chicago and Cook County. The site offers specialized reporting and research services for organizations. It also publishes a 7:30 a.m. weekday e-newsletter that includes access to searchable archives on past reports. Revenue: Reader subscriptions

  • The Lund Report


    The Lund Report covers health and healthcare news in Oregon. The site is also a registered 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization. Revenue: Subscriptions, donations


  • The NM Political Report


    This nonprofit site focuses on New Mexico Politics and covers breaking political news as well as more indepth political reporting. Revenue: Donations

  • The Philadelphia Public School Notebook


    The Notebook launched back in 1994 as a quarterly newspaper dedicated to covering Philadelphia schools. In recent years, it has developed a robust online presence while continuing to distribute 55,000 free copies of the print publication six times a year at local schools and libraries.

  • The Ruden Report

    A website focused on sports in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Polls readers and has a podcast. Dave Ruden runs the site. Revenue: advertising.

  • The Seattle Lesbian


    The Seattle Lesbian covers local news in Seattle, Washington, U.S. national and international LGBT news. The site is active on social media and also publishes a weekly e-newsletter. Revenue: advertising  and sponsorships

  • Tone Madison

    Music and culture publication for Madison, Wisconsin. Produces web content, a podcast, a newsletter and holds events. Operates under a local nonprofit. Editor and publisher is Scott Gordon. Revenue: merchandise and donations.

  • Urban Milwaukee


    Urban Milwaukee covers real estate, politics, arts & entertainment and food & drink news in the city of Milwaukee. Revenue: Advertising, membership, events

  • Voice of OC


    Voice of OC, a nonprofit site, covers local government in Orange County with an emphasis on investigations into government waste and abuse. The Orange County Employees Association has been a major donor. Revenue: Grants, donations.

  • Witness LA

    Witness LA focuses on the justice system in Los Angeles, California and beyond. Revenue: Grants