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Site Twitter handle

@universalhub

Facebook link

www.facebook.com/universalhub

Year launched

2005

Tax status

  • Sole proprietor/no specific tax status

Monthly visitors

150,000

Revenue

  • $51,000 -€“ 100,000

Primary revenue sources (50% or more)

  • Local advertising
  • National advertising

Secondary revenue sources (20-49%)

  • Web services

Smaller revenue sources (less than 20%)

  • Small donations (Less than $1,000)
  • Merchandise

Other publishing platform

Drupal

Mobile

45%

Is your site indexed on Google News?

  • No

City

Boston

State

MA

Universal Hub
Boston, Massachusetts
Adam Gaffin

A community news and information site for the Boston area, focusing on Boston neighborhoods with news and photo contributions from local social-media users. Revenue: Advertising, user contributions.

Business challenge

Actually selling ads

Coverage area

  • Metro or large city

Mission

  • Cover general local news

Topics of coverage

  • Crime & justice
  • Government & politics
  • Local events
  • Planning & development
  • Other

Other content topics

Transportation (local transit system in particular)

Watchdog

  • Yes, infrequently

Institutional partners

  • None

Content contributors

  • Professional journalists
  • Community members who are not journalists

Contributor compensation

  • Volunteers