Focus: news in Davidson, a town about 20 miles north of Charlotte, NC; offers news, opinion, classifieds, sports, arts, calendar, “shopping”, multi-media, real estate, “Beyond Davidson”, “Health & Fitness”, obituaries, “Worship” sections. One of five community/neighborhood news sites near Charlotte chosen in 2009 to partner with legacy media outlet Charlotte Observer through a $45,000 J-Lab grant
Staff: Founded and edited by David Boraks, a former print reporter and editor who worked for mostly major Connecticut newspapers; there is also a publisher, website designer/manager, a few reporters, a columnist, and volunteer contributors
Funding: LLC business — relies on donations, sponsors, advertising, see here
From About Us:
DavidsonNews.net is a community news website established in late 2006 to share information and promote discussion about town news, events, and issues in the town of Davidson, N.C. It is owned by Davidson News LLC and managed by and for Davidson residents. We’re a combination of paid staff and volunteers. Join our email list by entering your email address in the box at right.
Sample stories: “Christmas burglary in River Run; police on alert tonight”; “Freshman scores 22 as Davidson women beat Newberry”; “Home sales listed; region’s home prices fell in Oct.”; “Remembering those who left us in 2009″, from local Obituaries
Media mentions: Charlotte Observer story “Observer partner’s focus is local news”; see here for Davidsonnews.net’s roundup of media mentions — they have been spotlighted by entrepreneurial journalism advocates, articles on hyperlocal news