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By: Staff reports

In ‘Vicious Summer For Virtual Publishing,’ Some Good News





NewsWatch.org, the acclaimed media criticism site that lost its funding
earlier this summer, is back.



The small online operation has been purchased by BigEye.com, a small Web
portal based in Sarasota, Fla. Trevor Butterworth will remain NewsWatch’s
editor based in Washington, D.C.



The site’s former owner, The Center for Media and Public Affairs, will
allow Newswatch.org to retain its office space in the nonprofit’s L
Street headquarters. “It makes sense for me to stay here in Washington,
and the Center was very generous to allow us to keep our office space,”
Butterworth said.



At one time, NewsWatch.org had four full-time staffers. As funding
dwindled, only Butterworth was left before the site ceased operations
in May. “Like the TV program, I’m the survivor,” he said.



Butterworth said BigEye would provide a budget for freelance contributions.
Maia Szalavitz remains a contributing editor, while Will Coviello will
write a weekly column on general media matters, and Chris Borek, an
economist, will write on media business issues.



In a note to readers, expected to go live on the site Tuesday, Butterworth
said he was grateful to find a savior “after such a vicious summer for
virtual publishing.” Many online news sites have laid off staffers this
summer in efforts to stem financial losses.



Butterworth said NewsWatch.org would continue to run a lean operation. In
a press release, BigEye.com said NewsWatch would retain editorial
independence.





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Staff Reports



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