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Site Twitter handle

@thebatavian

Facebook link

thebatavian

Year launched

2008

Tax status

  • LLC

Monthly visitors

120000

Revenue

  • $101,000 - $250,000

Primary revenue sources (50% or more)

  • Local advertising

Smaller revenue sources (less than 20%)

  • Membership
  • Other

Other smaller revenue source

classified verticals/mobile app

Mobile

20 percent of that

Is your site indexed on Google News?

  • Yes

City

Batavia

State

NY

The Batavian
Batavia, New York
Howard Owens

Digital news pioneer Howard Owens started this upstate New York local news blog for Gatehouse Media, then took it with him when he left the company. Revenue: Advertising. Bonus points: Shop Batavia as a promising revenue source.

Coverage area

  • Other

Other geographic focus

small city/rural county

Mission

  • Cover general local news

Topics of coverage

  • Crime & justice
  • Entertainment & arts
  • Government & politics
  • Local business
  • Sports & recreation

Other content topics

weather

Watchdog

  • Yes, infrequently

Institutional partners

  • Local commercial broadcast outlet

Other institutional partners

Regional TV and local radio

Content contributors

  • Professional journalists
  • Community members who are not journalists

Contributor compensation

  • Freelance or part-time paid staff
  • Volunteers

Revenue-side compensation

  • Part-time paid employee with commission
  • Part-time paid employee without commission