Online News Startups: an interactive database

The Columbia Journalism Review maintains a searchable database of online news startups in the USA, information on location, business and revenue  model, size, affiliations and much more. We imported this data into Silk. We have also added a newer collection of startups tagged with "journalism" on AngelList. Use this data to analyse and visualize the patterns behind the new frontiers of US digital journalism.

Note: This data was collected during 2014 and may be dated. If anyone wants to take over this project, we're happy to show they how to Silk to do this and to help them maintain it. 

An Interactive Map of News Startups: Apply the Filters Below

Page Title
Mappin Location
55423.infoA community college-affiliated hyperlocal for Richfield, Minn.Richfield - Minnesota
A2PoliticoAccountability journalism in Ann Arbor, Mich.Ann Arbor - Michigan
ACEsConnection.comA niche social network for professionals working in science, education, and policy related to childhood traumaWinters - California
ACEsTooHigh.comReporting on the science, education, and policy surrounding childhood traumaWinters - California
Alaska DispatchEnterprise reporting from the Last FrontierAnchorage - Alaska
All Over AlbanyConversational news, events, and culture for the New York capital regionAlbany - New York
ARLnow.comCommunity, crime, and culture news for a D.C. suburbArlington - Virginia
Ars TechnicaThe old guard of tech news, mixing context, the long view, and a sense of humorNew York City - New York
Aspen JournalismCollaborative investigations for a Colorado ski townAspen - Colorado
Baltimore BrewHard news for Charm CityBaltimore - Maryland
BaristanetConversational hyperlocal news for New Jersey's Essex CountyGlen Ridge - New Jersey
BerkeleysideNews and notes from California's most quotable townBerkeley - California
Big World MagazineA travel webzine that pays its contributorsNew York City - New York
Birthplace MagazineNews and reviews for the NYC hip hop sceneNew York City - New York
Bleacher ReportA sports news behemoth where fans do the writing, reporting, and search engine optimizationSan Francisco - California
Boise GuardianPugnacious reporting on Boise's institutionsBoise - Idaho
Borderzine.comBilingual reporting by Latino college journalistsEl Paso - Texas
Broward BulldogNonprofit investigative journalism for Broward County, Fla.Fort Lauderdale - Florida
Brown Line MediaAn independently owned network of three sites reporting on Chicago's North SideChicago - Illinois
BrownstonerCovering (and riding) Brooklyn's real estate waveNew York City - New York
Buffalo RisingA grassroots print startup hits its stride onlineBuffalo - New York
Burnt Orange ReportA political news blog's move from undergraduate pursuit to progressive stalwartAustin - Texas
CalbuzzNo-holds-barred political analysisAptos - California
CalCoast NewsInvestigations and other news for California's Central CoastSan Luis Obispo - California
California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health ReportingA health newswire for the California pressAlhambra - California
California WatchA watchdog for the Golden StateBerkeley - California
CapeCodTODAY.comA hyperlocal (and entrepreneurial) news pioneerCape Cod - Massachusetts
Capital (New York)Observer vets hope to "do well by being good"New York City - New York
CapitolHillSeattle.comHyperlocal news for the city's core of coolSeattle - Washington
CaryCitizenProud proponents of upbeat hyperlocal newsCary - North Carolina
Center For Investigative ReportingOld-school investigative nonprofit takes to the webBerkeley - California
CHARLIE MagazinePerfecting the local online glossy in Charleston, South CarolinaCharleston - South Carolina
Charlottesville TomorrowNonprofit news on growth, development, and local politicsCharlottesville - Virginia
Chicago PhoenixChicago LGBT media goes digital (and grows up)Chicago - Illinois
ChicagoTalks.orgStudent-reported, university-based community newsChicago - Illinois
CNETThe tech news and reviews pioneerSan Francisco - California
Colorado Public NewsHealth care coverage for Centennial State newspapers and television stationsDenver - Colorado
Columbus UndergroundEntertainment and events coverage with a civic bentColumbus - Ohio
Common Language ProjectIn-depth human rights reporting and multimedia storytellingSeattle - Washington
Connecticut Health Investigative TeamFar-reaching niche investigations for the Nutmeg StateNew Haven - Connecticut
Connecticut WatchdogHard-hitting consumer protection reportingEast Longmeadow - Connecticut
Corona del Mar TodayA one-woman news operation for a wealthy Newport Beach, Calif. neighborhoodCorona del Mar - California
CountyNewsLIVE.comA fast-growing news network for rural MissouriHermann - MissouriMontgomery City - MissouriTroy - Missouri
Cronkite NewsArizona State University's student-reported website and news wirePhoenix - Arizona
Crosscut.comRobust nonprofit local news coverage for SeattleSeattle - Washington
CTNewsJunkieGiving the good stuff to Connecticut's political insidersWindsor - Connecticut
CU-CitizenAccessUniversity-based reporting on poverty in central IllinoisUrbana - Illinois
Dallas South NewsMaking the move from blog to nonprofit news siteDallas - Texas
DavidsonNews.netAmbitious local news site for Davidson, N.C.Davidson - North Carolina
DeadspinGawker Media's sports news success storyNew York City - New York
Delaware First Media NewsNonprofit news in text, audio, and videoNewark - Delaware
DistrictA student voice from the Savannah College of Art and DesignSavannah - Georgia
DNAinfoHyperlocal news for ManhattanNew York City - New York
DoD BuzzA (mostly) one-man show reporting on the PentagonWashington D.C. - District of Columbia
E&E PublishingHigh-cost subscription coverage of environment and energy policy and marketsWashington D.C. - District of Columbia
ecoRICommunity engagement through environmental news (and composting)Providence - Rhode Island
Education News ColoradoThe "paper of record" for Colorado education policymakingDenver - Colorado
Eleven WarriorsNews and commentary on Ohio State footballPataskala - Ohio
EngadgetTech news the AOL wayNew York City - New York
Eugene Daily NewsSports and lifestyle news for Eugene, OregonEugene - Oregon
Evanston NowA hyperlocal news site holds its own in a media-saturated Chicago suburbEvanston - Illinois
Eye on AnnapolisUnadorned, up-to-the-minute news for Maryland's capital cityAnnapolis - Maryland
FactCheck.orgA "consumer advocate" for votersPhiladelphia - Pennsylvania
FailedMessiah.comNews and investigations from within ultra-orthodox JudaismSt. Paul - Minnesota
FairWarningConsumer-oriented investigative journalismLos Angeles - California
Fayetteville FlyerA music site that made the leap to general newsFayetteville - Arkansas
First Arkansas NewsNews, musings, and pre-television radio serialsBenton - Arkansas
FITSNewsImpolitic South Carolina political newsColumbia - South Carolina
Florida Center for Investigative ReportingA pioneer bilingual investigative nonprofitMiami - Florida
Florida VoicesA digital editorial page for the Sunshine StateTampa - Florida
Front Porch ForumSocial networking and citizen journalism in northern VermontBurlington - Vermont
Gapers BlockChicago's first city-wide news and culture blogChicago - Illinois
GawkerPioneers of Internet snark branch out toward general interest newsNew York City - New York
GazeboNewsNews and "stuff" for two affluent Chicago suburbsLake Bluff - IllinoisLake Forest - Illinois
GigaOMThe site offers predictive technology coverage, and has itself been a leader in earning web revenueSan Francisco - California
GlobalPostA new news agency helping to fill the gaps in foreign reportingBoston - Massachusetts
Gossip ExtraCelebrity news goes local in South FloridaPalm Beach - Florida
Gotham GazetteDetailed reporting on New York City governanceNew York City - New York
GothamistA pioneer of the city blog formatNew York City - New York
GothamSchoolsOriginal reporting on the largest school system in the countryNew York City - New York
Grand Prairie ReporterNews by a former USPS employee turned reporter in the Dallas-Fort Worth areaGrand Prairie - Texas
Great Lakes EchoSharp science news with a sense of humorLansing - Michigan
GristIrreverent online environmental magazine offers in-depth reporting with "secret sauce"Seattle - Washington
GrossePointeToday.comNonprofit hyperlocal news in suburban DetroitGrosse Pointe - Michigan
HealthNewsReview.orgA watchdog for health care journalismSt. Paul - Minnesota
Hispanic NashvilleNews for a community within a communityNashville - Tennessee
Hollywood ElsewhereOne man channeling a "daily stream-of-Hollywood-consciousness"West Hollywood - California
Homicide WatchReinventing the homicide beat for the digital ageWashington D.C. - District of Columbia
Honolulu Civil BeatA journalistic "civic square"Honolulu - Hawaii
I-NewsColorado investigative journalism with statewide import and local impactDenver - Colorado
IGNThe web's definitive video game pressSan Francisco - California
indieWIREIndependent film news for fans, filmmakers, and insidersNew York City - New York
InMaricopaOnline community news for an Arizona town damaged by the housing crisisMaricopa - Arizona
Inner City PressA one-man show reporting on the United NationsNew York City - New York
Innovation TrailPublic radio takes to the web to cover upstate New York's transitioning economyRochester - New York
Inside FacebookData-heavy news and analysis of the Internet's hottest propertyPalo Alto - California
Inside the HallThe go-to site for Hoosier basketball fanaticsBloomington - Indiana
InsideClimate NewsEnvironment news and investigationsNew York City - New York
Intersections South Los AngelesUSC students report on their neighboring communitiesLos Angeles - California
InvestigateWestInvestigative journalism for the Pacific NorthwestSeattle - Washington
Investigative NewsourceInvestigative journalism for San Diego and beyondSan Diego - California
Investigative Reporting WorkshopMultimedia reporting in a university settingWashington D.C. - District of Columbia
Issue Media GroupA network of feel-good local business news sitesDetroit - Michigan
iWatch News (The Center for Public Integrity)Twenty years' worth of investigative journalism for the public welfareWashington D.C. - District of Columbia
Jersey City IndependentEye-opening alternative news for a bedroom community on the HudsonJersey City - New Jersey
Journal WatchdogA print startup's bold online muckracking operationGreenville - South Carolina
Leimert Park BeatA hyperlocal news site and social network for a neighborhood in Los AngelesLeimert Park - California
Lexington CommonsA voice for Lexington's nonprofit organizationsLexington - Kentucky
LiveScienceScience news at light speedNew York City - New York
LocallyGrownNews.comA network of news sites devoted to local food coverageElon - North Carolina
LymeLineHyperlocal news for two small Connecticut townsOld Lyme - Connecticut
Maine Center for Public Interest ReportingFilling the reporting gap in Maine's state capitalHallowell - Maine
MediaStormMultimedia outlet meets production houseNew York City - New York
Midway MessengerA university startup for a small town in KentuckyLexington - Kentucky
Midwest Center for Investigative ReportingA one-man investigative unit in the heartlandPrairie Village - Kansas
Milford LiveHyperlocal news for a small town in DelawareMilford - Delaware
MinnPostThe Twin Cities startup is seeking loyal readers for hard newsMinneapolis - Minnesota
Mint Press NewsA privately financed international news startup in MinnesotaMinneapolis - Minnesota
Missouri JournalGovernment and political news for the Show Me StateSt. Louis - Missouri
Missouri ScoutSubscription-based niche political news from a stockbroker turned political junkieSt. Louis - Missouri
My Edmonds NewsA burgeoning news source and business in the Seattle suburbsEdmonds - Washington
MyEugeneCommunity news and citizen journalism for Oregon's second cityEugene - Oregon
MyVeronaNJ.comWide-ranging hyperlocal news for a New York City suburbVerona - New Jersey
National Institute on Money in State PoliticsTracking political donations and their influence in all fifty statesHelena - Montana
NEast PhillyNeighborhood news for working-class PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia - Pennsylvania
Nebraska WatchdogThink tank-funded investigations for the Cornhusker StateLaVista - Nebraska
Neighborhood NotesHyperlocal news and advertising in Portland, OregonPortland - Oregon
Neon TommyA student-run news site with a national reputationLos Angeles - California
Nevada News BureauFranklin Center-affiliated statehouse news for the Battle Born StateHenderson - Nevada
New America MediaA news wire (and much more) for America's ethnic pressSan Francisco - California
New England Center for Investigative ReportingHard-hitting investigations in and around the Boston areaBoston - Massachusetts
New Hampshire WatchdogLong-term investigations, libertarian styleConcord - New Hampshire
New Haven IndependentConnecticut-based leader in nonprofit community newsNew Haven - Connecticut
New WestNews, analysis, and culture reporting for the Rocky Mountain regionMissoula - MontanaBoulder - Colorado
NewsOneOriginal and aggregated national news for black AmericaNew York City - New York
NJ SpotlightTrenton's statehouse startupTrenton - New Jersey
NMPolitics.netState politics from southern New MexicoLas Cruces - New Mexico
NOLA DefenderEdgy arts and culture coverage for a cultural meccaNew Orleans - Louisiana
NoozhawkReporting (and financing) the news in Santa Barbara, Calif.Santa Barbara - California
NOWCastSAMultimedia community news for San Antonio, TexasSan Antonio - Texas
Oakland LocalSusan Mernit & co. cover their corner of the BayOakland - California
Obit MagazineMaking the most of the dead beatPrinceton - New Jersey
Ocean Beach BulletinHyperlocal news for San Francisco's western edgeSan Francisco - California
Oklahoma WatchAn investigative nonprofit for the Sooner StateNorman - Oklahoma
Open Media BostonBoston news and progressive commentaryBoston - Massachusetts
OpenSecrets.orgExhaustive reporting on money in politicsWashington D.C. - District of Columbia
Oswego County TodayAn early online news source by a mayor-turned-newsmanFulton - New York
Ozarks UnboundOne man (and three contributors) in the wide world of northwest ArkansasFayetteville - Arkansas
paidContentCovering the business of digital media since 2002New York City - New York
PatchAOL's fast-growing hyperlocal networkNew York City - New York
PatersonPress.comHard news meets hyperlocal in Paterson, N.J.Paterson - New Jersey
Peach PunditConservative local political commentary from the founders of RedStateAlpharetta - Georgia
Pegasus NewsNews, entertainment, and local information for the Dallas-Fort Worth areaRichardson - Texas
Philadelphia NeighborhoodsAward-winning student journalism from Temple UniversityPhiladelphia - Pennsylvania
PitchforkThe prolific online music reviewer/kingmakerChicago - Illinois
Plains DailyRight-leaning reporting for North DakotaFargo - North Dakota
Planet PrincetonOne reporter goes from freelance to Facebook to hyperlocalPrinceton - New Jersey
PlanPhillyReporting on urban planning and Philadelphia's changing neighborhoodsPhiladelphia - Pennsylvania
PlunderbundOhio state politics from a progressive point of viewHamilton - Ohio
Plymouth Daily NewsHyperlocal news for "America's hometown"Plymouth - Massachusetts
PopMattersPop culture criticism with an academic bentChicago - Illinois
Portland AfootPortland-based transportation advocacyPortland - Oregon
Prairie Village PostHyperlocal news for three small Kansas City suburbsPrairie Village - Kansas
Prince of PetworthPurveyor of D.C. local news and odditiesWashington D.C. - District of Columbia
Progress IllinoisA labor-backed site providing original news and analysis beyond the mainstreamChicago - Illinois
ProPublicaThe web's best-known muckrakerNew York City - New York
PubliColaExtensive political coverage for Seattle and Washington stateSeattle - Washington
Quorum ReportA pioneer in niche online coverage, reporting on Texas politics since 1998Austin - Texas
redbankgreenHyperlocal news for Red Bank, New JerseyRed Bank - New Jersey
Remapping DebateAn NYC-based site that seeks to throw a wrench in conventional wisdom on public policyNew York City - New York
Republic Tiger SportsExtensive sports coverage for a school district in MissouriRepublic - Missouri
Richmond BizSenseAn online-only business journal for Virginia's capitalRichmond - Virginia
Rio Grande GuardianAn online-only news source for South TexasMcAllen - Texas
RiverheadLocalLocal news and web advertising for Riverhead, Long IslandRiverhead - New York
Rust WireReporting on urban and social issues in the Rust BeltCleveland - Ohio
RVANewsRichmond's online-only news sourceRichmond - Virginia
SalonThe general interest online magazine has learned to get specificSan Francisco - California
SanFranPreps.comExhaustive high school sports reporting for San FranciscoSan Francisco - California
Seattle PostGlobe (Defunct)Seattle-centric reporting and aggregation, and a place for former Post-Intelligencer staffers to practice their craftSeattle - Washington
Sheepshead BitesHyperlocal stories by the seaside in Sheepshead Bay, BrooklynBrooklyn - New York
Silicon Bayou NewsNews for (and by) the New Orleans tech sceneNew Orleans - Louisiana
Silicon Prairie NewsA home on the range for Midwest tech coverageOmaha - Nebraska
SlantOmnivorous pop culture criticismWeehawken - New Jersey
SlateThe Internet's old guard general interest publication has never slowed downNew York City - New YorkWashington D.C. - District of Columbia
Small Wars JournalAn information hub and blogging network for some of the biggest names in military thoughtWashington D.C. - District of Columbia
SolutionsColorado's source for health policy reporting and discussionDenver - Colorado
SomervilleToday.comHyperlocal news for a small town in New JerseySomerville - New Jersey
South King MediaA network of six hyperlocals in Washington StateBurien - Washington
Sports Gab NetworkA network of over seventy sports blogs with a special focus on the NFLMount Laurel - New Jersey
StarkvilleNow.comLocal news and aggregation for a college town in MississippiStarkville - Mississippi
Stateline.orgFilling a reporting vacuum at statehouses nationwideWashington D.C. - District of Columbia
Street FightA news source for the burgeoning hyperlocal industryBoulder - Colorado
StreetsblogPublic transportation reporters/advocates in NYC, DC, LA, and SFNew York City - New York
Summit County Citizens VoiceLocal news and environment coverage for Summit County, Colo.Frisco - Colorado
Talking Points MemoThe pioneer of web-based political journalismNew York City - New York
TBDD.C. arts, culture, and events listings from a once-anointed champion of the local webArlington - Virginia
TechCrunchThe tech startup news news startupSan Francisco - California
Technically PhillyDetailed coverage of the Philadelphia tech scenePhiladelphia - Pennsylvania
Texas WatchdogA government watchdog for the Lone Star StateHouston - Texas
The American Independent News NetworkA nonprofit news network refocusing in a bid for national relevanceWashington D.C. - District of Columbia

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State Breakdown: Journalism Startups

Top 10 supporting institutions (Note: in 60% of the cases, there is none)

Business models and revenue resources

Most have a for-profit business model, but there rae exceptions within specific beats. 

Startups that cover education, ethnic news, investigative reporting, politics, science, and transportation are mostly non-profits.

Ads are the most common source of revenue for for-profits news startups

For non-profits, grants, donations and sponsorship are the main revenue sources.

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This site was created with Silk, a platform for easily structuring information, so that it can be organized, queried, visualized and shared in a few clicks. The Silk team built this as a demonstration project, using to collect the data from the Online News Startups Guide by the Columbia Journalism Review, and the AngelList API to retrive information on the newest journalism startups. Everything has been cleaned thanks to the amazing OpenRefine.

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