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Posted by jessdrkn on January 13, 2010

Location: Chattanooga, Tenn.  

Focus: “Chattanooga News & Opinion”; original reporting, links to other sites, contributed content;  information categories are Metro, Culture, Neighborhoods, Editorial, and Calendar

Started: July 2008

Staff: Chattarati is operated by three partners: editors David Morton and John Hawbaker, and technology director Daniel Ryan. Site has about a dozen contributing writers and neighborhood bloggers. All staff and contributors are unpaid/volunteer at this time.

Funding: For-profit; advertising and other revenue streams to be introduced in 2010


From About:

Chattarati is maintained by John Hawbaker, David Morton and contributing writers from the metro Chattanooga area.

The website was developed by Daniel Ryan and designed by Jordan Lee. Powered by PressWorks.

Mr. Hawbaker: Chattarati is “an independent, online news site serving the metro Chattanooga area. We provide original coverage of government, business, nonprofits and the arts, along with a growing collection of hyperlocal neighborhood blogs. Our goal is to provide a platform for citizens to engage with the community.”

Sample stories: “C.H.A. Responds to City Council Action on Fairmount Avenue Development”; “Around the World, from Gold to Green”; “SeeClickFix Your Neighborhood”; “Beer, Food and a Good Movie with Barley Mob Brewers”; “What Matters Now in Chattanooga” a series of guest columns

Platform: PressWorks

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Rocky Mountain Independent

Posted by jessdrkn on August 31, 2009

Location: Denver  rockymtnindependent

Focus: city and regional news; staff-generated stories/original content; staff journals; traditional newspaper features, such as sports,  arts, business; multi-media components

Started: July 2009 [UPDATE 10/04/09: ORIGINAL CONTENT ENDED OCTOBER 2009, SUBSCRIBERS REIMBURSED FEES, see Westword story "Steve Foster on the death of the Rocky Mountain Independent"]

Staff/Writers:  Former Rocky Mountain News daily newspaper staff started this site after the newspaper closed in February 2009; 14 names listed on staff page, mostly veteran newspeople from RMN.  Rocky Mountain Independent editor and co-founder Cindy House also manages sister site, a site dedicated to researching the future of news in the wake of one of Denver’s major metro newspapers folding.  Note, there is another independent start-up site in Denver, in response to RMN closure, see

 Funding: advertising, subscription service ($4 month, $24 year)


[From open letter to readers when site launched. Titled "An Independent's Day"] In so many ways, this is the worst time to do what we’re doing.

We admit it. Looking around, we see layoffs, closings and mass confusion in the news industry. No one has an answer to the future of journalism. Many have theories or snippets of ideas, and some have encouraging small-scale success, but no one has found the solution to losing a major metropolitan newspaper.

Which is why in so many more ways, this is the best time to do what we’re doing.

News coverage is shrinking at the very moment when the hunger for news is greater than ever. Technology lets us seek out the news we want in the way that we want it, but as newspapers close, contract and cut back, the focus of the journalism gets narrower and narrower. Stories are being left untold.

…The great myth of media today is that a single newspaper — should it survive — can cover a city as large and vibrant as Denver. Some of us came here a couple years ago, some of us arrived a decade ago, and some of us were here before the Broncos. But no one finds Denver to be the same now as it was when we arrived. It is changing every day, and the stories it produces are endless. No single news organization can cover them all, nor should it try.

Sample stories: From staff, “Denver’s trash trucks are auction treasures”; “Rocky-Post newspaper partnership officially ends, six months after Rocky closed”; “$38 million in Clunkers cash for Colorado”; “Denver Broncos fans offer forecast for season” a multi-media package.   

Update story on start-up:

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The San Francisco Appeal

Posted by jessdrkn on June 4, 2009

Location: San Franciscosfappeal

Focus: Online-only news source for SF, “San Francisco’s online newspaper” 

Launched: March 2009

Employees/writers: 16 contributors/staff, 4 interns. Unclear whether any are paid. Founded by Eve Batey, the former San Francisco Chronicle deputy online manager. Business: Appeal Media LLC

Content includes original news articles, multi-media, sports, entertainment; some aggregated material, photos, multi-media –  see “Everyone Else’s Top Headlines” news roundup including AP material


Sample stories: “Translink not BART ready yet”; “Police: SF to become fraud capital of world”; “Newsom: Loss of 49ers is SF’s economic gain”

Funding: Advertising

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Heat City

Posted by jessdrkn on June 2, 2009

untitledLocation: Phoenix

Focus: “Hard news in the public interest from metro Phoenix”


Employees/Writers: Nick R. Martin, founder & freelance journalist, former East Valley Tribune reporter; accepts volunteer contribution writing

Donation funded: $1,022 as of June 1, 2009

Site:, web only

From About Us page, Nick Martin: 

I started HEAT CITY as a place where my friends in journalism and I could help cover stories that the major local media outlets are not covering. The work here is totally free, though I do provide the option for you to donate a little money to keep original, independent journalism alive in Arizona. Mostly, you’ll get original reporting on HEAT CITY, a rare sight from independent bloggers in Arizona.

Sample stories: “Playboy lures CEO away from company that owns [East Valley] Tribune”; “ABC 15 employees endure 10 percent paycut this summer”

Here’s a MediaShift “Innovation Spotlight” story on the Heat City start-up. The article include information on another Phoenix start-up. All former reporters who have been laid off from legacy media outlets.

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