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Will Local Media Consortium Save Lee From Knife’s Edge?

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Lee Enterprises is meeting its Chapter 11 debt obligations, recently stretched out debt payments at lower interest, and has cut expenses by $285 million — albeit at cost to editorial quality at the local and community levels. But with the company likely having done much of the cost cutting available, the pressure is on to keep increasing digital ad revenues...

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‘Legacies’ Open Door to ‘Pure Plays’ With Local Media Consortium

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The Local Media Consortium has grown to 50 publishers, whose products include 800 newspapers and 200 broadcast stations across the U.S. Here, Rusty Coats, executive director, talks about where LMC is after its first year and where it's headed...

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Revived EveryBlock Looking to Work With Community News Sites

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EveryBlock is back in business under its new operator, Comcast. Re-launched in Chicago last January and in Philadelphia in August, it will be expanding to five more cities this year. Here, Comcast Local Media Director Paul Wright defends the old EveryBlock, and details new features of the resurrected data aggregator...

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How LymeLine Succeeds Against a 133-Year-Old Daily

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The community news site in southeastern Connecticut competes against a long-established daily and Sunday print and online newspaper — and is thriving. Publisher/editor Olwen Logan tells Street Fight how she does it...

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Buffalo Rising Holds Own Against Warren Buffett’s Daily

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Buffalo, N.Y., is part of the New Urbanism that's helping to revive many old cities, and Newell Nussbaumer's Buffalo Rising is chronicling the Queen City's comeback. Here, Nussbaumer tells Street Fight how he did it...

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Happenings Media Makes Lifestyle Content Pay — In Audience and Revenue

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Sisters Tina Paparone and Angela Giovine are the founders of Happenings Media, which, in five years, has developed into an impressive network of digital lifestyle magazines. Street Fight recently caught up with Paparone to talk about how the duo bootstrapped their operation into a growing network of 23 magazines across the country...

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How Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk Zeroes In on News and Profits

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In the increasingly tough world of community journalism — where both readers and advertisers can be fickle and local advertising markets like Santa Barbara are crowded with competitors — Noozhawk succeeds because it's not in the news business, but "the business of news." Here, founder Bill Macfadyen explains what that means...

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How Seattle’s South King Media Grew From Hobby Into Profitable Mini-Net

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Southend was long dominated by "legacy" Robinson Newspapers, which last year was forced to consolidate its Southend print weeklies into one subscription product because of what it called "market forces," but kept its individual community websites. Meanwhile, Scoot Schafer's independent "pure-play" South King Media is profitable and growing. Street Fight caught up with Schaefer recently to talk about the different elements involved in successful hyperlocal publishing projects...

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From Ad Biz to Hyperlocal: Duo Takes Flyer in Fayetteville, Profitably

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Today's digital community news publisher-editors are increasingly likely not to have had experience working for traditional journalism outlets. But that hasn't prevented them from making their mark — even when they're competing against platforms that have strong print resources. That's the case for Todd Gill and Dustin Bartholomew, co-founders of the seven-year-old independent Fayetteville (Ark.) Flyer. In this Q & A, Gill tells how he and Bartholomew achieved success in a market with a major print and digital daily newspaper...

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Daily Voice Expands Into Roger Ailes’ Territory

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The Daily Voice has expanded to Putnam County in the Lower Hudson Valley, creating the regional corporate network's 42nd site in the affluent suburban New York-Connecticut market. Tucker said Putnam Daily Voice' was launched "with zero expansion" of staff, which includes eight reporters covering a number of communities in the New York-Connecticut suburbs...

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