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Friday, October 28, 2005

Online News Sites Gaining Ground

Two Maine online news sites are mentioned in a CNN/Money article posted Thursday. The Bollard in Portland and Village Soup in Knox and Waldo Counties now offer daily news via the Web both to local residents and to surfers farther afield.

Chris Busby—once the editor of the Casco Bay Weekly—launched The Bollard with $3,000 in cash.
As far as online news sites go, the Bollard is a bit costlier than some. Busby says he's plan[n]ing on a budget of roughly $2,300 a week, mostly to pay freelancers, himself and two designers. Like most online news site publishers, he'll also handle the advertising side by approaching businesses door to door. [Link]
Village Soup is further along than Busby's project, standing to rake in $100,000 in profits this year. Founded by father and son Richard and Derek Anderson in 1998, the enterprise "now has a full-time staff of 36, including separate editorial and advertising departments."
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