Online Local Journalism Success Story — The Batavian

People often ask how things are going for Jamaica Plain News. The short answer is we’re growing and enjoying strong support from the neighborhood. I wanted to share this update about another local, independent online news site that’s seen documented success. My friend and former colleague Howard Owens (and his wife, Billie) are celebrating the sixth year of their project in Western New York, The Batavian.

() Six years ago, there were critics who gave us six months. I heard it in Batavia and read it from pundits online. When Billie and I assumed ownership of The Batavian, the site had three sponsors and hadn’t yet cracked 2,400 visitors in a day.

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