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Alaska Dispatch a for-profit online newsmagazine that covers state and local issues in Alaska.
The site was founded by Tony Hopfinger and Amanda Coyne in 2008. Alice Rogoff, former CFO of U.S. News & World Report, became its majority owner in 2009. The site has an editorial staff of about 12, along with a sales staff of three.
The site publishes numerous articles from contributors, giving some of them handheld cameras to record videos. It also runs a citizen-driven site called Tundra Telegraph. Rogoff has said the goal is for the Dispatch to be profitable by 2011, driven largely by an aggressive advertising strategy.
The Seattle Times is the largest daily newspaper in Washington and the only major daily newspaper in the Seattle area. The Times was founded in 1891 has been owned since 1896 by the Blethen family, making it one of the last major family-run newspapers in the United States. (The McClatchy Co. owns a minority share.)…