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The New Haven Independent is a nonprofit online local news organization in New Haven, Conn.
The Independent was founded in 2005 by longtime New Haven journalist Paul Bass. It is produced in conjunction with Bass’ Online Journalism Project and funded by foundation grants, sponsorships, and donations, with the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven as its major funder.
The Independent has a staff of about 10, with five of those staffers working full-time. The Independent is also home to the Connecticut Health I-Team, two journalists whose coverage of medical safety issues appears on the site. In 2009, Bass and the Online Journalism Project launched another nonprofit local site, the Valley Independent Sentinel with a staff of three full-time reporters, in Connecticut’s Naugatuck Valley. The Independent’s budget for all three programs is estimated at $575,000.
The site had more than 170,000 unique monthly visitors in 2011 according to a nonprofit news report from the Knight Foundation. The Independent suspended its user comments for two weeks in 2012 because of concerns about a lack of civility.
News Corporation, often known simply as News Corp., is a media conglomerate founded and owned by Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch. News Corp. was formed in 1979 out of an Australian newspaper publishing company Murdoch owned. It is now the world’s second-largest media company, behind The Walt Disney Co. News Corp. has a wide variety…