New West’s Weber on Community Journalism

New West is a different concept than other community sites. Started two years ago by Jonathan Weber, the former editor of The Industry Standard (the dot-com era trade bible), the seven person site covers all of the Rocky Mountain region from its base in Missoula, MT. It has multiple revenue streams from Google AdSense and ads; and it … Read more

Update from Craig (Newmark)

Speaking at Inman’s Real Estate Connect last week in San Francisco, CraigsList namesake Craig Newmark says the service is now getting 8 billion page views a month from 450 cities in 50 countries. He also noted that the service is up to 23 staffers, and will be adding a couple of programmers. He didn’t address pending competitive issues from … Read more

Yahoo’s Kay Skeptical about Local Verticals

Verticals are important to Yahoo! and others on a national basis, but they really aren’t the way to go at the local level because of the limited resources for local sales, says Warren Kay, managing director, strategic alliances, Yahoo Search Marketing. Kay was keynoting Kelsey’s Directory Driven Commerce conference in Reston, VA. In an ideal world, verticals are the … Read more

Zillow Valuation Now $350 Million

Zillow has landed $30 million in new financing, which comes on top of the $57 million already raised. The new round values the 155 employee “Zestimate” provider at $350 million, according to reporting by Rebecca Buckman at The Wall Street Journal. CFO Spencer Rascoff called to provide some color to a fairly complete profile I wrote after the Inman … Read more

Topix Refocuses on Place Bloggers and UGC

Under-served small communities are getting more attention. Companies like TownNews, Greyboxx and Topix have set out to focus on small town and exurban residents, and aggregating those local users for advertisers. As we wrote in April, Topix – a 25 person company that is 80 percent owned by Gannett, Tribune and McClatchy – has been aggregating local news from a variety … Read more

In Midst of Editor’s Departure, LA Times Ramps Up Online

 The Los Angeles Times and the rest of the Tribune Co. have been going through a very public belt tightening. The most recent round of cutbacks apparently played a role in the departure of Editor James O’Shea. But when it comes to online, the company is positioning itself for rapid growth, and is committing resources to … Read more

Smalltown Adds 3 Locales, Video

When you have access to $3 million of VC money, you are going to eventually want to spend some of it. That’s what Smalltown, an IYP site with social aspects via reviews, calendars and (now) Top 10 lists, is doing. Five months after launching SME-oriented sites in San Mateo and Burlingame, Smalltown has announced three new Bay Area … Read more

Niesenholtz at YPA: Local ‘Untapped Opportunity’

New York Times Digital Chief Martin Niesenholtz, keynoting the Yellow Pages Association conference this morning in Las Vegas, called local “a huge untapped opportunity in the directories arena that no one – including the portals – has yet tapped.” I’m not at YPA this time, but a draft of Niesenholtz’ address noted that the winners in local “could … Read more

Zvents Drives Traffic to Papers

Zvents, the localized, personalized online events calendar, says it is driving a lot of page views and traffic to its newspaper partners. The growing list of partners now include The Orange County Register and other Freedom newspapers; several Media News Group properties, including The Denver Post, The San Jose Mercury News and The Detroit News; … Read more