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The Batavian is an online local news organization run by Howard Owens in Batavia, N.Y.
Owens, who helped start the site as a GateHouse executive, left the company to take the Batavian over in February 2009. The for-profit site is free and supported by advertising.
Craigslist is a network of online communities focused on free classified advertisements — with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, goods, services, community, and discussion forums. Craig Newmark, inspired by his experience with the early list-servs the WELL and Usenet, created the service in 1995 as an email distribution list for friends and friends-of-friends. The…