Some former journalists who leave their mainstream media jobs — voluntarily or involuntarily — are starting online news sites.
One of the older and best established examples of this new media is aNewsCafe.com, a northern California news website started in late 2007 by Kelly Brewer and Doni Greenberg. Brewer is a former editor of The Albuquerque Tribune and the Record Searchlight in Redding, Calif.
out the site for how a successful news site, now almost four years old,
provides news from a stable of paid and unpaid writers and pulls in
revenue from advertising and donations.
It's admittedly difficult to survive without corporate backing. When the Seattle Post-Intelligencer closed its print newspaper in 2009, it became one of the first papers to switch to Web-only publication at its news site at seattlepi.com.
About 130 journalists lost their jobs because only 20 were needed to
produce the site. Several of those who lost their jobs started a
competing news website at seattlepostglobe.org, but it survived only two years.