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Site Twitter handle

@monroelocal1

Facebook link

https://www.facebook.com/monroelocal

Year launched

2013

Tax status

  • S Corp

Monthly visitors

24,000

Revenue

  • $50,000 or less

Primary revenue sources (50% or more)

  • Local advertising

Other publishing platform

Second site, Loganville Local News

Mobile

75 percent

Is your site indexed on Google News?

  • No

City

Monroe

State

GA

Monroe Local News
Monroe, Georgia
Sharon Swanepoel

The Monroe Local covers government, police, business, schools and local events in small city in Georgia. Journalist Sharon Swanepoel launched this site after working for Patch in the a couple of Georgia communities in 2010-2011. Revenue: Advertising.

Business challenge

Time to sell or focus on business

Coverage area

  • Community or town

Mission

  • Cover news of a specific demographic community

Topics of coverage

  • Crime & justice
  • Entertainment & arts
  • Government & politics
  • Local business
  • Local events

Watchdog

  • Yes, infrequently

Content contributors

  • Professional journalists
  • Community members who are not journalists

Contributor compensation

  • Freelance or part-time paid staff

Revenue-side compensation

  • Contractors paid commission only

In the news

Not at this time. I have local competition from a 125 year old newspaper which is definitely still the "go to" source if there is ever any national news.