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New West is a for-profit online media company based in Missoula, Mont. It was founded in 2005 by Jonathan Weber.
The company has a full-time staff of at least a half-dozen, along with local editors and writers on contract. New West relies primarily on online advertising for revenue, though it also runs conferences and events and a custom-publishing business.
In January 2010, Weber left New West to become editor in chief of the nonprofit Bay Citizen. Laura Ingham is now the publisher and CEO.
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…