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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.
The Ann Arbor Chronicle was a local news website covering Ann Arbor, Mich., that shut down in September 2014. The Chronicle was launched in 2008 by the husband-and-wife team of Dave Askins and Mary Morgan and focused primarily on longer-form local government reporting. It was funded primarily through advertising, though the for-profit site also took donations, which it called “subscriptions” and which accounted…