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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.
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…