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The American Independent News Network is a nonprofit network of local news sites centered on government and politics.
The network was founded by David S. Bennahum in 2006 as the Center for Independent Media, changing its name in 2010. It began with the New Journalist Pilot Program in Colorado and Minnesota, with 17 reporters participating. In 2007, the center began expanding to other areas, adding Iowa, Michigan, Washington, D.C., New Mexico and Florida.
It underwent layoffs in 2008 and 2010, the latter of which included the shuttering or downsizing of its ambitious New Mexico Independent and Washington Independent sites. Bennahum cited the rapidly growing staffs and the lack of long-term major grant givers as the reasons for the cuts.
The network has raised $11.5 million from numerous donors and foundations since its inception. It currently has a network-wide budget of about $2.3 million with a news staff of 31. Bennahum’s goal is for the network to earn more of its revenue from advertising, events and sponsorships, with more than half of its funding still coming from grants.
TechCrunch is a network of tech news blogs, owned by AOL, that focuses on web-based startups. It is one of the largest and most influential blogs on the web. TechCrunch was founded in 2005 by entrepreneur and former attorney Michael Arrington as a way to profile new tech companies. Arrington quickly became well known for…