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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.
West Seattle Blog is an online-only hyperlocal news operation that covers several neighborhoods in West Seattle. The site was founded in December 2005 by Tracy Record as a personal blog but became a news site in 2006. In 2007, Record and her husband, Patrick Sand, began selling ads and working on the site full-time. It…