Rocky Mountain Independent debuts, asks $4/month for some content

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"Probably the closest model to ours is ESPN.com," says Steve Foster, an Independent editor. "You can still go there and get pretty much all the news for free, but if you want access to their columnists or some of their larger pieces, you need to be a member. Our business model recognizes that the industry is going this way -- that advertising alone isn't enough to support a news organization as large as ours."

  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his MediaGossip.com, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.

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