Monday, June 4, 2012

Perhaps this is the future or part of it

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, 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.

Check 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 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, but it survived only two years.

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