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Statistics
Average page views

104811

Average visits

132117

E-newsletter

  • Yes, multiple newsletters

E-newsletter subscribers

1650

Facebook followers

2141

Twitter followers

1262

Instagram followers

366

Revenue

  • Less than $50,000

Primary revenue source(s)

  • None at this level (at least 50% of total revenue)

Ad products

  • Traditional Web display advertising sold directly by your organization

Paywall

  • No

Distribution

  • Direct to web/mobile

Total personnel/contributor FTE

6.55

Date of most recent publisher update

7/6/2019

Last Publisher Update

  • 2019-07-06 21:56:02 UTC

The Bedford Citizen
The Bedford Citizen

The Bedford Citizen is a nonprofit community-driven website founded in 2012 in Bedford, Massachusetts.

Who is in charge?

Teri Morrow

Job title

President and Publisher

City

Bedford

State

MA

Zip code

01730

Year launched

2012

Tax status

  • Nonprofit 501c3

Geographic scope

  • Small city or town

Population of coverage area

14500

Scope of coverage

  • General news or a number of topics that are not necessarily closely related to each other

Primary focus

  • Current news and events

Topics of coverage

  • Education & schools
  • Events in coverage area
  • Government
  • Other

Other content topics

Community News

Watchdog journalism?

  • Yes, infrequently

Site Twitter handle

@Bedford_Citizen

Effective engagement practice

Facebook and our Sunday Summary have the highest engagement rates. Some of our readers like the idea of a "newsletter" that they can get weekly with all the news. And Facebook gets far more comments and discussions going than Disqus on our own site.

Our goal is to get readers to be engaged and informed members of the community. Whether it's celebrating a local hero or helping get out the vote, we want residents to feel like they have a role in the community.

Revenue challenges

We haven't defined and offered sponsorships to more than our main site pages. There's likely a ton of opportunity to offer advertising in different sections. We are about to move to a more sophisticated web site and are hoping that actually having sections, like sports, will make it easier for some organizations/businesses to buy sponsorship space.