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ContentNext Media is network of news sites that cover digital content economics, led by the flagship site paidContent.org.
ContentNext was founded in 2002 by Rafat Ali and includes British and Indian editions, and the mobile content site mocoNews.net. It has a staff of at least 30, and it supports itself through advertising and conferences.
Backfence was a network of user-driven hyperlocal news sites that launched in 2005 and closed in 2007. Backfence was founded in 2005 by Mark Potts and Susan DeFife with five staff members and two community sites in the Washington, D.C., area. It raised $3 million in local and national investment and eventually expanded to 13…