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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.
I-News, the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network, is a nonprofit investigative news organization based in Boulder, Colorado. The network was founded in 2009 by Laura Frank, a former reporter for the defunct Rocky Mountain News. It has five full-time staff members, plus several contributors through the University of Colorado at Boulder. Frank is supported by…