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.
Is There Hope for Local News? http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/11/is-there-hope-for-local-news/382516/
The Wired City http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2013/06/19/book-review-the-wired-city-dan-kennedy/nvehJxSJpZyERpVH4fwGMM/story.html
One Town, Two Newspapers: Will the Real Digital Innovators Please Stand Up? http://www.theawl.com/2012/09/new-havens-two-newspapers-a-tale-of-one-success