New Haven Independent

TaglineConnecticut-based leader in nonprofit community news
Year Founded2005
Type or CoverageGeneral
CityNew Haven
Business TypeNon-profit
Revenue SourcesDonations
Revenue SourcesGrants
Revenue SourcesMembership
Revenue SourcesSponsorships
Institutional SupportEthics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation
Institutional SupportKnight Foundation
Institutional SupportOther Foundation
Staff Size (Business)0
Staff Size (Editorial)6-10
Active Volunteers1-10
AffiliationsContent: La Voz Hispana NBC30 NPR (Connecticut); Community Foundation Support: Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.
Mappin LocationNew Haven - Connecticut
Principal StaffPaul Bass
Principal StaffMelissa Bailey
Principal StaffEugene Driscoll
DescriptionThe nonprofit New Haven Independent which has been delivering serious-minded local news to residents of New Haven Conn. and the surrounding area since 2005 takes a lot of pride in how it interacts with the community. In fact the site’s editor maintains that its readers are as integral to the editorial process as its reporters. “Our readers do our typos” explains Paul Bass editor and founder of the site. Bass who has been a reporter for thirty years thinks that the New Haven Independent’s nonprofit model can be used by others to help bring vigor back into community journalism. He believes a paper’s focus should be on reporting not profits. “It goes back to the old-fashioned purpose of a newspaper—to promote civic debate rather than sell toasters” he says deriding the emphasis many papers place on advertising.
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