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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.
Patch, a division of AOL, is a network of local news sites with a combination of staff-produced and community-contributed material. The company, which focuses exclusively on local news, began with a handful of sites in New Jersey and Connecticut and now is in about 900 communities. According to comScore, its sites drew 6.9 million unique…