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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 two full-time reporters, in Connecticut’s Naugatuck Valley. The Independent’s budget for all three programs was about $420,000 in 2015, down from $550,000 in 2012. As of 2014, 25% of its funding came from foundation grants, down from 75% in previous years, with most of its money coming from individual donors.
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.
Hearst Corp. is a privately held American media conglomerate. Hearst owns 15 daily newspapers, led by the Houston Chronicle and San Francisco Chronicle. It also owns numerous magazines, including Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Seventeen, and O. Hearst also owns broadcasting and digital properties, including the search marketing firm iCrossing. Hearst shut down the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s…