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FEBRUARY 23, 2011 06:32 PM
Honolulu Civil Beat
A journalistic "civic square"
HONOLULU, HAWAII — Honolulu Civil Beat is the brainchild of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and former eBay exec Randy Ching, both of whom attended high school in the Aloha State. The pair shared a common goal, in Omidyar's words, of "empowering citizens and encouraging greater civic participation through media." In keeping with this mission, they envisioned a site that considered audience participation to...
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FEBRUARY 18, 2011 12:29 PM
Great Lakes Echo
Sharp science news with a sense of humor
EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN — Residents of the Great Lakes region have one publication to thank for their understanding of the menace that is the zebra mussel, clogger of power plant intake pipes. That publication is the Great Lakes Echo. A project of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism at Michigan State University, the Echo aims to build environmental awareness of...
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FEBRUARY 3, 2011 05:14 PM
Florida Center for Investigative Reporting
A pioneer bilingual investigative nonprofit
MIAMI, FLORIDA — When the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR) received a $100,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation in September of 2010, it marked the launch of Florida's first nonprofit bilingual online investigative reporting organization. Located at the International Media Center at Florida International University, FCIR is emerging as a leader in investigative news and an innovator...
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JANUARY 21, 2011 03:25 PM
Portland Afoot
Portland-based transportation advocacy
PORTLAND, OREGON — In a culture where the car is often the primary mode of transportation, the web/print hybrid Portland Afoot has set out to inform Portland citizens about the wide world of transportation alternatives. After leaving his job as a reporter for The Columbian in Vancouver, Wash., founder Michael Andersen felt that he could attract a devoted audience for a new journalism venture...
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JANUARY 19, 2011 04:42 PM
The Locust Fork News-Journal
A one-man purveyor of mobile journalism performance art
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA — The Locust Fork News-Journal, like many websites, is wholly devoted to the quirks, whims, emotions, and talents of its founder--in this case, a former newspaper reporter and self-proclaimed champion of the "independent watchdog Web press" named Glynn Wilson. Unlike most sites (including many owned by the "corporate media" Wilson rails against) the News-Journal is stable and profitable--a testament to what can...
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JANUARY 17, 2011 11:46 AM
The Daily Caller
Tucker Carlson and Co.'s political reporting startup
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — "My politics are relatively well known," conservative media personality Tucker Carlson told CJR in February of 2010, not long after he and former Dick Cheney aide Neil Patel launched political news site The Daily Caller. "But this site is not a pure distillation of my politics. My views are not interesting enough to sustain the company we're...
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JANUARY 14, 2011 12:47 PM
The Rapidian
Grand Rapids-based citizen journalism
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — Grand Rapids-based The Rapidian takes the concept of grassroots citizen journalism to heart. A community-wide project, operating under a for-us/by-us ethos, The Rapidian was created by the Grand Rapids Community Media Center, a nonprofit media and technology support organization for the Grand Rapids area. The Center began as a public access television station, and currently operates two television stations, a noncommercial...
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JANUARY 5, 2011 08:47 PM
DoD Buzz
A (mostly) one-man show reporting on the Pentagon
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — Structurally speaking, DoD Buzz is little more than a personal blog dressed up as a full-on news publication. The remarkable thing is that, were it not for more than three-quarters of the stories on the site having the same byline, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference. That's true in terms of volume and quality of content, anyway....
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JANUARY 5, 2011 08:37 PM
The Chicago News Cooperative
Newspaper-style journalism for the Chicagoland area
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — The Chicago News Cooperative was famously the first outside news organization to produce entire pages for The New York Times--but the deal was in the works before the CNC was even a fully formed idea. During the summer of 2009, CNC co-founder and editor James O'Shea, a former managing editor of the Chicago Tribune (and, from 2006 to 2008, one of the...
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JANUARY 5, 2011 08:23 PM
The Huffington Post
The online news behemoth grows up
NEW YORK, NEW YORK — As of the writing of this profile, the "BIG NEWS" header at the top of The Huffington Post's homepage reads: "Unemployment, Katie Holmes, Natalie Portman, Health, Lindsay Lohan, Smarter Ideas, More..." It's the mix of topics that might be floating around the head of a conscientious, politically astute fifteen year old--but given that HuffPost only just entered the second...
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