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Voice of San Diego is a nonprofit online news organization that focuses on in-depth and investigative reporting on civic issues.
The site was founded in 2005 by venture capitalist Buzz Woolley and veteran San Diego journalist Neil Morgan, funded by $355,000 of Woolley’s own money as a way to fill what they saw a gap in local government reporting.
Its annual budget is about $1 million, and it has about 10 newsroom employees, though it laid off four employees in December 2011. About 10 percent of the site’s revenues come from advertising, with the majority coming from individual donations, foundations (including the Knight Foundation) and Woolley’s funding. As of September 2009, Woolley had provided the site with $1.3 million of the total $3.5 million in donations over five years. Voice of San Diego also makes some money from syndicating its content.
Voice of San Diego has a relatively modest but steadily growing web audience, with just fewer than 100,000 unique visitors per month as of late 2009. The organization has won numerous journalism awards, and its investigations have forced several city leaders to step down.
The site was founded on the principle of civic engagement, and it has worked to encourage online discussion, making civic participation half of its two-part mission and hiring its first engagement editor in 2010.
It launched a redesign in 2013 with an emphasis on multi-story narratives and social interaction among users.
Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis talks about the value of explainers:
Futurity is a nonprofit news service that distributes articles about universities’ scientific research. The site was founded in 2009 by a consortium of research universities as a way to supplement dwindling coverage of science and health research. The group includes more than 50 universities from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. The site is…