New Book Examines Local News Success Stories

The Wired City, a book by Dan Kennedy that came out this year, examines some successful independent local news sites. The most prominent example he cites is the New Haven Independent, a personal favorite run by longtime journalist Paul Bass. That site is remarkable for its community engagement and high standards.

Bass started the site in 2005 with this motto: “Power of the press now belongs not to those who own one, but to those who own a modem.We own a modem.”

The Wired City also examines sites like The Batavian in upstate New York and The Voice of San Diego.

It’s always smart to examine how successful entrepreneurs got started. The Batavian’s Howard Owens posted his 10 tips for founding a site here.

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