The Batavian

TaglineSmall town news and innovation in local online advertising
Year Founded2008
Type or CoverageGeneral
StateNew York
Business TypeFor-profit
Revenue SourcesLocal Ads
Institutional SupportNo Institutional Support
Staff Size (Business)2-5
Staff Size (Editorial)2-5
Active Volunteers1-10
AffiliationsYahoo News; Google News; WBTA-AM; Second Street Media; Helusionary; Mel Taylor Media.
Mappin LocationBatavia - New York
Principal StaffHoward Owens
Principal StaffBillie Owens
DescriptionThe Batavian began as an experimental project by GateHouse Media a newspaper publisher with properties in twenty states. The company wanted to launch a community-oriented news website and chose Batavia N.Y. because of its proximity to the company’s Fairport N.Y. headquarters; an added bonus was that The Daily News the local paper for Batavia and Genesee County lacked a web presence. Howard Owens then director of digital publishing for GateHouse helped lead the project. The Batavian launched in May of 2008 but a great deal changed for the site within its first year. The Daily News had quickly rallied to establish a web presence launching late in 2008 and in February 2009 GateHouse relocated Owens’s department to Chicago eliminating his position in the process. Without a presence in Fairport GateHouse made the decision to cut ties with the Batavian but agreed to let Owens take over the operation on his own. Soon after Owens moved to Batavia and began working full time on the site with his wife Billie.
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