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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 six of those staffers working full-time as of 2013. 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 was about $550,000 in 2012.

The Independent has a partnership with La Voz Hispana de Connecticut where the organizations share office space and Independent stories appear in the print edition of La Voz.

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.

Recent Nieman Lab coverage:
Jan. 28, 2014 / Justin Ellis
Knight Foundation launches $1 million fund to help nonprofit news get closer to sustainability — You could think of it as a sort of long-term tough love. Lots of nonprofit news organizations were started with seed money from the Knight Foundation. Now, Knight wants to help them get a step closer to operating under t...
Dec. 3, 2013 / Dan Kennedy
The New Haven Independent seeks to expand its hyperlocal mission to low-power radio — The New Haven Independent, which launched eight years ago amid the first wave of online-only community news sites, may soon expand into radio. The nonprofit Independent is one of three groups asking the FCC for a low-pow...
Nov. 1, 2013 / Justin Ellis
What does sustainability look like in nonprofit journalism? — What, exactly, does a healthy nonprofit news site look like? If you’re a national site like ProPublica, is the metric winning major awards and changing policy through your reporting? If you’re a state-focused...
July 8, 2013 / Dan Kennedy
Charting a locally owned, for-profit future for community news — For those of a certain age, perusing the ads posted at The Batavian, the for-profit news site in Batavia, New York, can seem a lot like flipping through the pages of a weekly community newspaper a generation or two ago. ...
June 5, 2013 / Dan Kennedy
A murder, a media frenzy, and the rise of a new form of local news — Editor’s note: Our friend Dan Kennedy has a new book out, and it’s right up Nieman Lab’s alley. The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-Newspaper Age takes as its subject local...

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Primary author: Mark Coddington. Main text last updated: October 31, 2013.
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