Michele's List
Building blocks in the emerging local news ecosystem

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  • Austin Monitor


    The Austin Monitor is a nonprofit site published by the Capital of Texas Media Foundation, which was formed in 2013 and received nonprofit status in 2015. The site covers civic affairs, including government and development, in Austin and central Texas. Revenue: Donations, sponsorships.

  • Birmingham Watch


    The Birmingham Watch covers public affairs topics, including politics and education, in Birmingham, Alabama. The site operates as a nonprofit. Revenue: Sponsorship and foundation support

  • Bridge


    Bridge is a nonprofit online publication that focuses on public policy issues in the state of Michigan including education, government, quality of life and vulnerable children and families. Revenue: Grants, donations.

  • Carolina Public Press


    Founded in 2011, Carolina Public Press is a nonprofit online news service providing Western North Carolina with unbiased, in-depth and investigative reporting and educational opportunities. Revenue: grants, donations.

  • 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.

  • City Limits


    City Limits is a nonprofit news organization in New York City that "strengthens community engagement on civic, economic, and social justice issues." In addition to producing content, the organization organizes events centered on civic issues. Founded as a print organization in 1976, it launched a new website in 2010 and went online only in 2012. In 2011, City Limits received foundation funding to launch the Brooklyn Bureau and in 2012 City Limits acquired the Bronx News Network. In 2014, both sites had been folded into the main City Limits site and the Bronx segment was renamed Bronx Bureau. Revenue: Grants, ad sponsorships, donations, syndications.

  • Crosscut


    Crosscut began as an LLC that transitioned to a nonprofit serving Seattle and "The Greater Nearby." Crosscut aggregates local news and blogs and invites audience contributions in addition to its own original reporting. Pushing ahead in digital publishing, Crosscut also puts out a Kindle edition. Revenue: Advertisements and donations

  • CTNewsJunkie


    CTNewsJunkie features original reporting on state politics and policy as well as courts and the health care system. Revenue: Advertising, Content Usage Agreements (Syndication), donations, a directory of political businesses and organizations, and some sponsored content in 2016.

  • Gotham Gazette


    Gotham Gazette is a Web site about the issues facing New York City. Coverage, digests and commentary on New York City current affairs and policy, arts, education, environment, and housing; community discussion forums; sub-sites on city government, immigration issues, community gazettes, state government.

  • Hawaii 24/7


    Hawaii 24/7 covers breaking news, sports, weather, business and entertainment on the big island. 

  • Maryland Reporter


    Maryland Reporter is a nonprofit site covering state government since 2009. Revenue: Grants, sponsorhips, donations, advertising and payments from news organizations that carry its content. Maryland Reporter does not accept political advertising.

  • MinnPost


    MinnPost is a nonprofit, nonpartisan enterprise whose mission is to provide high-quality journalism for people who care about Minnesota. We publish online at www.minnpost.com Monday through Friday with a limited edition on Saturday and a Sunday Review. 

    Our goal is to create a sustainable business model for this kind of journalism, supported by corporate sponsors, advertisers, and members who make annual donations. High-quality journalism is a community asset that sustains democracy and quality of life, and we need people who believe in it to support our work.

  • Mississippi Today


    Mississippi Today covers new traditional topics with a focus on government policies and local politics affecting the state of Mississippi. They are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The site is also associated with the Institute for Nonprofit News. Revenue: Reader donations, private & corporate sponsorships, web ads

  • Motor City Muckracker


    The Motor City Muckracker is an independent news site that covers Detroit, Mich., and produces both news and investigative stories. It was founded in 2012 by journalist Steve Neavling, a former reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Revenue: Advertising.

  • New Haven Independent


    New Haven Independent is a professionally-staffed local news site in Connecticut, edited by Paul Bass and sponsored by the not-for-profit Online Journalism Project. Topics: Neighborhoods, government, politics, criminal justice, schools, business. Revenue: Foundation grants, advertising, donations. Bonus points: With grant funding,  spun off a sister site, the Valley Independent Sentinel, also professionally staffed, which serves five towns in Connecticuts Naugautuck Valley.

  • New Mexico In Depth


    New Mexico In Depth covers public affairs including local government and politics, environment and climate change, and criminal justice. The site has partnered with several local media organizations and public radio stations. Revenue: Donor support, web ads

  • NJ Spotlight


    NJ Spotlight says its mission is to deliver "insight and information on issues critical to New Jersey, with the aim of informing and engaging the state’s communities and businesses." While the site has the support of several foundations, it also has developed a significant revenue stream staging public affairs conferences and webinars

  • Philadelphia Neighborhoods


    Philadelphia Neighborhoods is the cornerstone of the journalism department at Temple University. Students in the Multimedia Urban Reporting Lab contribute stories on government, arts, sports, science and more in Philadelphia's neighborhoods. Revenue: University-supported.

  • San Francisco Public Press


    The San Francisco Public Press is a local nonprofit, noncommercial news organization that publishes a website and quarterly newspaper. Public Press journalists explain complex local policy issues in an accessible way, investigating problems and reporting on ideas for tangible solutions in areas such as  education inequality, health care, affordable housing, climate change, homelessness, public safety, and labor standards. Revenue: Donations, grants, membership.

  • The Colorado Independent


     The Colorado Independent is a non-profit website that covers news across Colorado state. It provides political analysis and in-depth investigations. It was started in 2006 as part of the American News Network based in Washington D.C., but it was reorganized in 2013 to be independently run in Colorado. Revenue: Donations.

  • The Connecticut Mirror


    The Connecticut Mirror covers state policy, politics and finance. In 2013, it was the only news organization in Connecticut with a full-time reporter in Washington, D.C. CTMirror has more than 20 print syndication partners who distribute its content around the state and frequently partners with the local public radio  outlet. Revenue: Foundation grants, donations.

  • The Hawaii Independent


    The Hawaii Independent, launched in 2008 as a for-profit site, converted to a cooperative in 2012. Bonus points: Publishes a downloadable magazine featuring longform journalism and literature.

  • The Lens


    The Lens produces enterprise and investigative news about New Orleans and the Gulf Coast States. Topics: Money, politics, environment, schools, crime and punishment. Revenue: Grants, member donations.

  • The Philadelphia Citizen


    The Philadelphia Citizen covers new traditional topics in Philadelphia, PA. The site also publishes a weekly e-newsletter. Revenue: Sponsorships, member donations and foundation grants.

  • The Pulse


    The Pulse covers local news, politics and business in Pensacola, Florida and on the Gulf Coast. Revenue: Web ads, reader donations

  • The Texas Tribune


    Texas Tribune is a leading nonprofit site with a professional staff that covers all things politics in Texas. Ithas enjoyed significant revenue growth since it launched with the backing of large donors in 2009. Revenue in 2013 was $4.5 million. Topics: State government, politics, campaign finance, education, immigration, death penalty. Revenue: Grants, donations, sponsorships, memberships, events. Bonus points: Sophisticated interactive databases.

  • The Tyee


    The Tyee is a Vancouver, B.C. news site that uses professional journalists and seeks to publish stories that mainstream news sources ignore. The editor is David Beers. Topics: Government and public affairs, environment, justice system. Revenue: Foundation, investors.

  • Voice of San Diego


    Voice of San Diego, with a high-energy look and an entrepreneurial approach to revenue, is a model for online city journalism done right. Topics: Politics, education, neighborhoods, public safety, housing, economy and quality of life. Revenue: Grants, donations, memberships, advertising. Bonus points: Revenue from producing programming for local television.

  • VTDigger


    VTDigger is an online only, government watchdog reporting shop that is dedicated to daily coverage of Vermont politics, education, the environment, health care, business, energy, human services and state finances. Led by journalist Anne Galloway, it is a project of the nonprofit Vermont Journalism Trust. 

  • WyoFile


    WyoFile is an independent, nonprofit news service focused on the people, places and policy of Wyoming. WyoFile offers in-depth coverage of complicated subjects and issues ranging from tax policy to trends in Wyoming culture. WyoFile produces regular commentary and analysis as well as daily summaries and links to important Wyoming-related stories in the state and national press.