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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.
Topix is a network of aggregated local news and community forums. Topix was launched in 2004 in Palo Alto, Calif., by the founders of the Open Directory Project. Three newspaper companies — Gannett, Knight-Ridder, and the Tribune Co. — each bought a quarter of the company in 2005. The site claims about 125 million page…