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Building blocks in the emerging local news ecosystem

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  • 30A

    FL

    With over 750,000 Facebooks fans, 30A (www.30A.com) covers life in small beach towns along Florida's gulf coast. The brand is inspired by a beach-front road named "Scenic Highway 30-A" that runs across the region. In addition to 30A.com, there are also free 30A iPhone, Android and iPad apps, a 24/7 digital radio station (www.30Aradio.com), and retail sales (www.30Agear.com). The company operates four 30A Stores (www.facebook.com/30Astore) featuring branded 30A products. The company also created 30A Beach Blonde Ale, the #1 selling craft beer in NW Florida, and the craft beer is now available in five states. 30A Wine by Mercer Estates is also available in restaurants, stores and online at www.30Awine.com.

  • Baltimore Fishbowl

    MD

    Baltimore Fishbowl seeks to report the fun, factual and sometimes controversial scoop on local schools, real estate, money and power, culture, lifestyle and community. The work is all done by freelancers. Revenue: Advertising. Bonus Point: Exceptional site design.

  • Brooklyn Based

    NY

    Brooklyn Based is a site that covers the people, places and events happening in Brooklyn. It was founded in 2007 by Nicole Davis. Revenue: Advertising.

  • Bushwick Daily

    NY

    Bushwick Daily is a news, culture and entertainment site focused on the Brooklyn neighborhood, Bushwick. It was founded in 2010 by former lawyer Katarina Hybenova. Revenue: Advertising. 

  • Charlotte Agenda

    NC

    Local news - A user's guide to Charlotte.

  • Conejo Valley Happening

    CA

    Conejo Valley Happening is a local community site that focuses on arts, dining, and local events in Conejo Valley, a region of cities north of Los Angeles. It was started in 2014 by Susan Pascal, a former Patch.com editor. Revenue: Advertising.

  • Dkon Pittsburgh Sports

    PA

    This site is based in Pittsburgh and started in 2014. It was started by Dejan Kovacevic,  a local sports columnist who wanted to strike out on his own and cover sports his way. He covers all Pittsburgh sports both professional and local collegiate sports. 

    Revenue: Paid app, subscription, sells site merchandise (hats with their logo, t-shirts, etc), advertising. 

  • Echo Park Online

    CA

    Echo Park Online provides the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park with an online community. Events and news are posted on the site, which launched in 2009 by publisher Eddie North-Hager, who also started Silver Lake Star. Revenue: Advertising, real estate listing.

  • Hoboken411

    NJ

    Founded in 2006 by Perry Clausen, Hoboken411 reports on local events and businesses and also publishes opinion pieces. Revenue: Advertising.

  • Jersey Bites

    NJ

    A team of regional editors report on food news in various NJ counties. The site has been publishing since 2007. Revenue: Advertising

  • Kings River Life

    CA

    This site, launched in 2010 by journalist/author Lorie Lewis Ham, focuses on local events and lifestyles.

  • Lake Texoma

    TX

    This site covers local, recreational and tourism information for Lake Texoma, a popular destination on the Red River between Texas and Oklahoma. Lake Texoma is a larger site in a network of about a dozen hyperlocal tourist-oriented sites operated by LakeHub. Revenue: Advertising.

  • Mile High Gay Guy

    CO

    MileHighGayGuy.com covers the daily news and events in Denver's gay community. It was started in 2007 and is run by Drew Wilson. Revenue: Advertising.

  • Milwaukee Record

    WI

    This site covers music and entertainment in Milwaukee, WI. They post freqently and they have a photo heavy interface. Revenue: Advertising

  • New Bern Now

    NC

    New Bern Now, founded in 2009 by Wendy Card, focuses on events and things to do in New Bern, a town in eastern North Carolina.

  • New Jersey Arts News

    NJ

    New Jersey Arts News is a nonprofit that produces short videos about innovative, creative activity in New Jersey. Unveiled a new website in 2013. Revenue: Grants, donations.

  • Newark Pulse

    NJ

    Newark Pulse is an upbeat guide to entertainment and things to do in Newark, NJ. Revenue: Advertising.

  • NolaVie

    LA

    NolaVie was launched in 2011 by Times-Picayune contributor and non-profit executive Sharon Litwin and journalist Renee Peck. It covers arts and culture in New Orleans and has forged a content partnership with WWNO, the city's public radio station. Revenue: Donations, grants and sponsored content.

  • On The Water

    MA

    This site covers fishing news in the Northeast Region of the United States. They post frequently and engage their audience on social media with fun photos and recipes for the fish caught in the community. Revenue: Advertising

  • Oregon Arts Watch

    OR

    Barry Johnson, a former art critic for The Oregonian, launched this site in 2010. Topics: Theater, music, dance, art, culture. Revenue: Advertising, membership (subscription).

  • Scene SC

    SC

    This is a site that covers the South Carolina indie music scene. They post freqently about concerts, news and events. They engage their audience through a variety of social media platforms. Revenue: Advertising. 

  • Seattle Gay Scene

    WA

    The Seattle Gay Scene covers local light news for the LGBT community in Seattle, WA. Topics range from local events and tech news to entertainment and nightlife. According to “Alexa,” the web information service owned by Amazon.com, it is the number one most visited LGBT news site in Seattle. Revenue: web ads (Note: The site is javascript/image heavy and may take some time to load for slower internet connections.)

  • Shore Sports Zone

    NJ

    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.

  • The Greylock Glass

    MA

    The Greylock Glass is a non-traditional, online radio station that covers local news, entertainment, and events in the Berkshires and Western Massachusetts. The site sometimes publishes editorials, has regular podcasts, and a live stream. Listeners can choose from several different “stations” with a variety of topics including the local economy, politics, film, music, culinary arts, etc. Revenue: Listener and community donations

     

  • The Hill Is Home

    DC

    The Hill Is Home serves the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. with a number of local residents who contribute stories. Topics include events and things to do with a smattering of government and politics. Revenue: Advertising.

  • The New Tropic

    FL

    The New Tropic covers community and local light news in Miami, FL. They are active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, with a relatively large amount of followers for a new site. The site also publishes a daily newsletter with paid ads included in the newsletter. The Knight Foundation also supports its “Startups” page (https://thenewtropic.com/startups). Revenue: Foundation support, web ads