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The Media Consortium is a collaborative network of liberal news organizations whose work includes digital innovation, advertising and media business studies.
The consortium was founded in 2005 and formally launched in 2006 by about two dozen news organizations, and it currently has 46 members, including Mother Jones, The Nation and Salon. The consortium three staff members and an annual budget of less than $500,000.
The consortium developed an Incubation and Innovation Lab in 2009 on the heels of a study on the future of journalism to help develop digital media products and strategies. The lab focuses on developing new revenue streams, mobile media and community engagement.
Topix is a network of aggregated local news and community forums. Topix was launched in 2004 in Palo Alto, Calif., by the founders of the Open Directory Project. Three newspaper companies — Gannett, Knight-Ridder, and the Tribune Co. — each bought a quarter of the company in 2005. The site claims about 125 million page…