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Baristanet is a network of local news sites covering seven towns in New Jersey.
In July 2010 the site expanded to cover three other New Jersey towns as The New York Times ended its local blogging initiative there. As of 2011, the site had four full-time employees, a number of part-time staff and other contributors. Galant left the site in 2012 to teach journalism.
The site was profitable by late 2005 through local classified and display advertising.
Baristanet has partnered with the Newark Star-Ledger to produce a print guide to Montclair.
In 2006, Baristanet created a map of local housing teardowns using a Google Maps API and uses SeeClickFix to create maps of local issues. The site also helps run a parenting-oriented site called Barista Kids, a partnership with another local site.
OpenFile was a user-driven local news site based in Toronto, with affiliates in five other Canadian cities, Montréal, Calgary, Ottawa, and Vancouver, and Halifax. OpenFile was founded by Canadian journalist Wilf Dinnick in May 2010. The site relied on users to direct its news coverage, inviting them to start a “file” (the site’s founders chose the term to…