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Futurity is a nonprofit news service that distributes articles about universities’ scientific research.
The site was founded in 2009 by a consortium of research universities as a way to supplement dwindling coverage of science and health research. The group includes more than 50 universities from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.
The site is funded by membership fees. It uses social media to promote stories and has released a mobile app. It is populated largely by articles written by university public relations staff, which has raised questions about completeness and objectivity.
Patch is a network of local news sites with a combination of staff-produced and community-contributed material. It is owned by Hale Global, with former owner AOL retaining a small stake. The company, which focuses exclusively on local news, began with a handful of sites in New Jersey and Connecticut and is now in about 900 communities. It…