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West Seattle Blog is an online-only hyperlocal news operation that covers several neighborhoods in West Seattle.
The site was founded in December 2005 by Tracy Record as a personal blog but became a news site in 2006. In 2007, Record and her husband, Patrick Sand, began selling ads and working on the site full-time. It has a dozen contributors.
By 2008, West Seattle Blog was making enough money to support the family, making it Seattle’s first self-sustaining online local news organization. The blog reported 9.3 million pageviews in 2010, up 12 percent from the year before.
MinnPost is a nonprofit news site based in Minneapolis, Minn. The site was launched in 2007 by Joel Kramer, a former editor and publisher at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, to reach civic leaders and those interested in public policy. Its initial $1.1 million in funding was provided predominantly by local donors (including Kramer himself), along…