RJI fellow Michele McLellan creates first database of hyper-local news sites in United States; the list helps launch the thriving industry group LION (Local Independent Online News publishers)

These are exciting, chaotic times for online news. Many startup news outlets come and go, but others are moving forward, learning and growing.

I want to identify leaders in the field — promising sites we can learn from and help. So I’ve created this list (my criteria) and attempted to figure out broad categories to help us see the new media landscape more clearly.

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