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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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How Community Involvement Can Pay Off for Local Publishers

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Commuter traffic tie-ups and convenience store holdups can't be the heart of a community news product. "Duty" coverage is still part of many sites' content menu, but, by itself, it can't build a solid relationship with community. The trick is to empower users "to take action to improve their communities"...

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Surge Seen in Online Political Ads, But Which Sites Will Be Winners?

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Digital platforms traditionally haven’t gotten too much in the way of political ad spending, but new projections from Borrell Associates show online outlets making a big leap this year amid the midterms, going from $14.1 million in 2010 to $211.2 million in 2014. But it’s not clear how much community news sites — many of which cover campaign news diligently — will benefit from these gains...

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With Acquisitions, Brooklyn’s Corner Media Grows Into a Regional Cluster

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Publisher Liena Zagare's independent Corner Media network in Brooklyn has added three established community news sites in the borough to grow into a cluster of seven sites in a market of 1 million people. Street Fight recently caught up with Zagare to learn more about what her two acquisitions will mean for their neighborhoods and her company...

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An Ex-Patcher Competes in Tim Armstrong’s Town

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Leslie Yager, who in three years rose from freelance writer for Aol’s Patch to the local editor of the network’s Norwalk and Wilton sites, was terminated in January as part of the company's sale to Hale Global. She turned around and, days later, launched her own news site which is already a strong competitor in her former boss's town...

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Despite Many New Local News Sites, ‘Media Deserts’ Are a Stubborn Reality

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More than 120 newspapers have shut down in the U.S. since 2008. Surviving papers have been forced to cut their local news budgets in the implosion of old media ad revenue. Hundreds of digital community news sites have been launched in the meantime, but journalist and educator Dr. Michelle Ferrier from the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University says that millions of Americans have ended up in a “media desert.”

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LION-Borrell Revenue Survey Unravels

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A revenue benchmarking partnership between the Local Independent Online News publishers association and Borrell Associates is coming apart because too few of LION's publishers want to share their information with the the local media research company...

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Attention and Timing Are the New ‘Clicks,’ Chartbeat Says

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The analytics firm digs deep into how users behave at their computer, smartphone, and tablet. Then it flows the data points (including visitor frequency, top pages, referrers, and traffic sources) to the client's dashboard, where editors, in real time, can see how their users are behaving and take steps to increase traffic and engagement...

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