Posted by jessdrkn on July 11, 2010
Location: Sacramento, Calif.
Focus: News and information about Sacramento, California’s capitol city. Information categories include Front Page, Business, Culture, Politics, Sports, and Sunday Best.
Staff: co-founded by Geoff Samek, and Ben Ilfeld, who is the chief operating officer; six other employees include an editor in chief, a managing editor, three staff reporters, and a sales manager.
Business: Castle Press LLC, for-profit, advertising supported; heading toward profitability
From About Us:
The Sacramento Press will be the most comprehensive, local news source and information center for the Sacramento Metropolitan Area.
We are a strictly online newspaper. Our writers are primarily volunteer Community Contributors.
We combined the best tools on the web and built an outstanding platform from scratch. This platform enables people to tell stories about their neighborhoods and have thoughtful conversations about these stories. Then our editors place the best content on the front page and section pages to highlight great work.
We are a for profit business, but we consider ourselves a public trust. The original concept of the corporation was a balance between allowing people to join together for a common goal with some profit potential and demanding that the corporation provide a public service to the nation. In our case, we will provide valuable services to the neighborhoods of Sacramento while showing that this kind of community journalism can be profitable.
Sample stories: “Mayor’s Team Chooses K Street Developers”, “Farm stand coming to McKinley Park”, “Beer Pong champs hail from Sac”, “Second Saturday=Lots to do”, “Utilities measure sparks debate”
Here’s an interview with Geoff Samek by Bill Densmore, at the Journalism That Matters un-conference in Detroit in June 2010 (I also attended).
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Posted by jessdrkn on January 20, 2010
Focus: “A blog about Nashville”; little original content, mostly news links roundups to content (local and statewide) or posts incorporating content from elsewhere, i.e. hybrid stories; information categories include News, Culture & Arts, Food & Drink, Music City, Sports
Started: May 2008
Staff: 2 editors — Christy Fink and Morgan Levy; guest bloggers; contributed content
In Nashville, we have it great. We’re a stone’s throw from Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Asheville, Birmingham, Indianapolis, Louisville, Cincinatti, St. Louis, even Chicago. We live in a vibrant and diverse city with no shortage of dining and entertainment options. Our city is rich with historical significance and quirky landmarks. Here at Nashvillest, we’re aiming high – We’re giving Nashville the respect it deserves. We’re more than just a city with deep country music roots – We’re bloggers, geeks, hipsters, zombies, sports fiends, actors, agriculturists, history buffs, artists, art enthusiasts, animal lovers, coffee drinkers, concertgoers, activists, parents, students, outdoor adventurers, marathon runners, music lovers, photographers, sushi eaters – and of course, musicians and tourists. And more.
Nashvillest is here to bridge the gap. Yes, we’ll be at the Twitter meetup (we’re huge Twitter geeks), but we’ll also be at the Sounds game and at Movies In The Park with our friends. We’ll also try the new Krayp Kafe and maybe swing by Fat Straw or Gigi’s Cupcakes for dessert, so we can give you a heads up on what to expect. And we’re going to let you know when everything happens, because we died a little inside when we heard about the presidential candidates coming to town… after they were gone. Our mission is to never let that happen again.
We told you we were aiming high.
Sample posts: “Bright and Early: Neck and Neck Edition” news links roundup; “Happy Hour: Sunny Side Up” links roundup; “Seven Shows for Seven Years: Happy Birthday Mercy Lounge”; “Remember MLK with Free Frist Center Day”; “Cheekwood Returns to Roots with $.50 Admission in January”
Other: promotional links to independent news sites Knoxify.com in Knoxville, and Chattarati.com in Chattanooga
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Posted by jessdrkn on June 4, 2009
Location: San Francisco
Focus: “Non-commercial news for the Bay Area”; claims “print, web, radio, TV” outlets
Launched: Founded 2007
Employees/Writers: 1 staff, a news editor; 50+ “local volunteers, supporters, and contributors” which include employed and former print reporters, designers, multi-media producers, photographers, a first amendment lawyer, radio journalist, book authors; building online community “to solicit ideas”; employs experienced journalists; headed by a 12-person steering committee
Funding: non-profit — donations so far from 50 individuals and the San Franscisco Foundation; and “fiscally sponsored” by the Independent Arts & Media of San Francisco, a 501(c)3
From mission statement in strategic plan:
Sample stories: “July 1 budget to trim homeless and AIDS support”; “Ideologies continue to divide same-sex marriage issue”; “Cabbies steamed over proposed taxi overhaul”
Its strategic plan for 2009-2011.
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