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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.
Windy Citizen was a Chicago-based local news site that used crowd curation to determine its lead stories. It was founded in 2008 and shut down in 2012. Windy Citizen relied on user submissions for its content. It used a Digg-like mechanism for determining stories’ popularity, asking users — whose identity on the site was tied to…