Internet use has boomed since 2007, but during that time more than 30
percent of newspaper reporters, around 17,000 positions
nationwide, saw their jobs eliminated, according to the Pew Research
Center. Those jobs might never come back, but the decapitation of this
industry has not stopped entrepreneurs from trying to rebuild
journalism for the Web.
Venture capital-funded Vox Media has launched or acquired seven
online media properties, including sports-focused SBNation.com and
technology news site The Verge, which have succeeded by selling
advertising to specific audiences.