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Plans for the Times were announced by former Rocky staffers in March 2009, a few weeks after the Rocky stopped publishing. The Times hoped to bring in 50,000 paid subscribers and fund a 30-person newsroom, but they drew only 3,000 subscribers, leading several of the project’s organizers to leave and form the failed Rocky Mountain Independent.
The site was briefly kept alive with three paid staffers and about two dozen contributors. It includes a combination of aggregated and original content, and its revenue derives from advertising and donations. It has since ceased publication.
The Ann Arbor Chronicle is a local news website covering Ann Arbor, Mich. The Chronicle was launched in 2008 by Dave Askins and Mary Morgan and focuses primarily on longer-form local government reporting. It is funded primarily through advertising, though the for-profit site also takes donations, which it calls “subscriptions” and which accounted for 22 percent of its revenue in 2011….