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  1. Guide to Online News Startups

    Connecticut Watchdog

    January 30, 2012 03:48 PM

    EAST LONGMEADOW, MASSACHUSETTS — The best businesses have a compelling origin story, and George Gombossy's consumer protection website, Connecticut Watchdog, started with a... Continue reading

  2. Guide to Online News Startups

    CHARLIE Magazine

    January 28, 2012 01:43 PM

    CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA — "When you start something, what your role ends up being is quite different than what you imagined it to be," says... Continue reading

  3. Guide to Online News Startups

    The Daily Yonder

    March 24, 2011 10:39 PM

    WHITESBURG, KENTUCKY — The Daily Yonder strives towards a paradoxical mission: local news on a national level. The website covers rural news and rural... Continue reading

  4. Guide to Online News Startups

    March 24, 2011 03:16 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — For an example of how to deliver a massive amount of information with minimal manpower, look no further than <a href=""... Continue reading

  5. Guide to Online News Startups

    Peach Pundit

    March 24, 2011 03:12 PM

    ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA — With its simple design and lively comments section, Peach Pundit resembles many right-leaning political opinion blogs. What may set it apart... Continue reading

  6. Guide to Online News Startups

    Boise Guardian

    March 24, 2011 12:11 PM

    BOISE, IDAHO — The Boise Guardian, a one-man muckraking blog in Boise, Idaho, has developed an outsized influence and a regular following, thanks to... Continue reading

  7. Guide to Online News Startups

    The Florida Independent (Defunct)

    March 24, 2011 11:35 AM

    TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — [UPDATE:The Florida Independent was closed by its parent, the American Independent News Network, on April 27, 2011, just before the site's second birthday.... Continue reading

  8. Guide to Online News Startups


    January 5, 2011 04:53 PM

    MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA — Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab calls MinnPost founder Joel Kramer "one of the brightest stars in the news-startup firmament." The... Continue reading

  9. Guide to Online News Startups

    Bleacher Report

    January 4, 2011 10:35 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — Since its launch in 2008 after two years of development and beta testing, Bleacher Report has become a major player in online... Continue reading

  10. Bio

    Chris Benz

    Chris Benz is a contributor to CJR.

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