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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.
SF Appeal is an online news organization in San Francisco. The Appeal was launched in March 2009 by Eve Batey, a former San Francisco Chronicle editor. (It calls itself “San Francisco’s online newspaper.”) The site has about two dozen contributors. The Appeal is a for-profit site, with revenue coming in through advertising. Its content centers…