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Site Twitter handle

@westportnow

Facebook link

https://www.facebook.com/pages/WestportNowcom/32107553616‎

Year launched

2003

Tax status

  • LLC

Monthly visitors

85,000

Revenue

  • $101,000 - $250,000

Primary revenue sources (50% or more)

  • Local advertising

Other primary revenue source

None

Secondary revenue sources (20-49%)

  • National advertising

Smaller revenue sources (less than 20%)

  • None at this level (less than 20%)

Other smaller revenue source

None

Other publishing platform

rss feed

Mobile

42%

Is your site indexed on Google News?

  • Yes

City

Westport

State

Connecticut

WestportNow
Westport, Connecticut
Gordon F. Joseloff

Launched in 2003 by journalist Gordon F. Joseloff, this site was an early pioneer in online local news. During a 16-year career at CBS News, Joseloff was a correspondent, senior producer and bureau chief in New York, Moscow and Tokyo. He earlier was an editor and correspondent for United Press International (UPI) in New York, London, and Moscow.

Other secondary revenue source

None

Business challenge

Advertisers still want banner ads but we are completely booked even with rotating banners

Coverage area

  • Community or town

Other geographic focus

None

Mission

  • Cover general local news

Other mission

None

Topics of coverage

  • Crime & justice
  • Education & schools
  • Entertainment & arts
  • Government & politics
  • Local business

Other content topics

None

Watchdog

  • Yes, occasional

Institutional partners

  • Nonprofit media organization

Other institutional partners

None

Content contributors

  • Professional journalists
  • Community members who are not journalists

Other contributors

state online news site, cable broadcaster

Contributor compensation

  • Freelance or part-time paid staff
  • Volunteers

Revenue-side compensation

  • Full-time, paid staff without commission
  • Part-time paid employee without commission

In the news

We are often quoted by other media. A sampling of recent and not so recent mentions:

Connecticut Teacher on Leave Amid Police Investigation http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Teacher-on-Leave-Amid-Police-Investigation-288755361.html

Woman Brings BB Gun to Town Meeting
http://www.cbs3springfield.com/story/20543013/westport-woman-86-brings-bb-gun-to-town-meeting

Vintage Homes Lose Appeal
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/06/realestate/06wczo.html

Modernist No More: Home by Famous Architect Is Razed
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/14/nyregion/14rudolph.html