STATE BILL COLORADO
The American Independent News Network, citing the poor economy, today shuttered two of its news websites in Washington, D.C., and New Mexico. A Colorado site, The Colorado Independent, will continue to operate, its publisher says.
“The crisis in the world of journalism today isn’t really about journalism — it’s about the bottom line,” Editor Aaron Wiener wrote about the shutdown of The Washington Independent. “Reporters and editors everywhere are trying to find a way to keep their very good work alive. We thought our model had a chance. It put up a good fight.”
New Mexico Independent Editor Gwyneth Doland tweeted the news that staffers were losing their jobs. The site will continue to remain live, with a half-time blogger possibly being assigned to it.
Hanaa Rifaey, the news network’s publisher, said the Colorado site as well as other state news sites in the network are “secure as long as funding continues. … The programs will reflect the funding they receive. The other programs are safe at this time.”
The Independent network of news sites was financed largely through foundations and wealthy progressives. Rifaey notes that the sites emphasize investigative reports and “impact journalism.”