Berkeleyside covers local news from Berkeley, Calif. Founded by three professional journalists: Tracey Taylor, Lance Knobel and Frances Dinkelspiel. Topics: Local news, crime, business, arts, food etc. Revenue: Advertising, membership, events.
Topics Berkeleyside covers on a daily or weekly basis: breaking news, crime, food and drink, local government (city council, zoning board and school board meetings), local business, land use, arts (music, theatre, art, film, books), education, nature, community, people.
We have high engagement with our audience through Twitter, Facebook, and comments on the site. Each one has a distinctive core constituency (some people are FB users but not Twitter and so on.) 25,000 people follow us on Twitter and the account won the East Bay Express' Readers Award in 2015. Our Facebook page is very dynamic with 11K+ followers and we often publish Facebook-only content. We also engage directly with readers face to face with events.
Berkeleyside: The Nimble Hyperlocal News Site is Winning Awards and Attracting Eyeballs: http://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-magazine/winter-2015-breaking-news/berkeleyside-nimble-hyperlocal-news-site-winning
Indie Local News Sites See Potential in Membership Programs: http://www.lionpublishers.com/news/report/082715_membership_programs/
Review of day one of Berkeleyside's Uncharted Festival 2015: http://alumni.berkeley.edu/california-magazine/just-in/2015-10-17/want-justice-system-really-works-all-panelists-say-make