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Next Door Media is a network of neighborhood-level news sites in Seattle.
Next Door Media was founded in 2007 by local television journalists Cory and Kate Bergman as the hyperlocal blog My Ballard. The site added the blog PhinneyWood in early 2008 and by 2010 had expanded to include 10 sites covering north Seattle neighborhoods. The company said combined web traffic grew 37% in 2010, serving 13.3 million page views for the year.
The company has two full-time staff members, and each of its sites is run by a freelance journalist who works on contract with Next Door Media, splitting revenue with the company. The network’s revenue comes from local display, coupon, and email advertising, and it has not taken investment funding.
Backfence was a network of user-driven hyperlocal news sites that launched in 2005 and closed in 2007. Backfence was founded in 2005 by Mark Potts and Susan DeFife with five staff members and two community sites in the Washington, D.C., area. It raised $3 million in local and national investment and eventually expanded to 13…