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SheBooks launches with contests and stable of writers

Shebooks launched Jan. 2 and now has 12 e-books and some top rankings in Amazon's hot releases.

Silicon Hills crowdfunds print magazine overshot its Kickstarter funding goal and will launch a print magazine at the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin.

BOXX makes its match with crowdfunding

Tasked with raising $2,000 to leverage a matching amount, Boxx Magazine has turned to GoFundMe and to Eventbrite to help make the match.


News Chops Report

News Chops

Nola Vie partners with public radio

Public broadcasters are finding new ways to engage in more local journalism, especially more investigative and enterprise journalism, than ever before. See how New Orleans does it.

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Carolina Public Press partners with all media in the state

CPP spearheads investigations, trains journalists from around the state, and shares content across the board with any news organization that wants it.

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New Media Woman Entrepreneur Awards

2012 Winners

Jeanne Pinder

Clear Health Costs
Jeanne Pinder

Erin Polgreen, Symbolia

Erin Polgreen

Angie Newsome, Carolina Public PressCarolina Public Press
Angie Newsome

Sarah Toce, Seattle LesbianThe Seattle Lesbian
Sarah Toce


2011 Winners


Visualizing Economics
Catherine Mulbrandon

Laura Lorek


2010 Winners

Sharon LitwinRenee PeckNolaVie
Sharon Litwin and
Renee Peck

Kim BoxSusan Lyte KingParent Pathway
Kim Box and
Susan Lyte King


2009 Winners

Stacy Borden Megan MunteanChickRx
Stacy Borden and
Megan Muntean

Michelle FerrierLocally Grown News
Michelle Ferrier

Amy PenningtonJen LamsonKristin HydeGood Food Fight
Amy Pennington,
Jen Lamson and
Kristin Hyde


2008 Winners

Karyn Lu and Lila King

Echo Atlanta
Karyn Lu and Lila King

Elaine Holms NortonNorthwest Navy News
Elain Helm Norton

image Latina Voices
Teresa Puente


New Media Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (2009-2010 only)


Photo of Lisa WilliamsLisa Williams is the CEO & founder of, the world’s largest searchable index of local weblogs. Placeblogger was a winner of the Knight 21st Century News Challenge, which gives out $5 million dollars annually to innovators with projects that aim to define the future of journalism.

Ms. Williams is also a fellow at the MIT Media Lab’s Center for Future Civic Media. The Media Lab is one of the most well-known university-based technology and innovation centers in the world. The newly formed Center for Future Civic Media focuses on meeting the information needs of humanity over the next 100 years.

Prior to founding Placeblogger, Ms. Williams founded H2otown, an online community and news site by and for the residents of her hometown of Watertown, MA. H2otown became a nationally-recognized model for what came to be known as “citizen journalism,” or news created by nonjournalists to serve as a way to create a sense of community in their neighborhoods.

Lisa has worked with the Boston Globe, Dan Gillmor’s Center for Citizen Media, and countless startups and media organizations. She lives in Watertown, MA, with herspouse and two children.

Because of her achievements in new media entrepreneurship, Williams was nominated and chosen by her peers to be the New Media Woman Entrepreneur of 2009.



Stacy Borden Megan Muntean Stacey Borden and Meghan Muntean received the $2,000 prize as J-Lab’s New Media Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2010 for, a witty health website for 20-something women. It was funded in the beginning of 2010 by a grant from the McCormick Foundation New Media Women Entrepreneurs program. The award was presented at the second annual New Media Women Entrepreneur Summit in Washington, D.C. on November 8, 2010.

ChickRx’s Borden and Muntean were selected to receive because of the rapid launch and robust development of the site.

ChickRx is a DailyCandy-meets-WebMD type of resource addressing health issues that are increasingly discussed among young adult women. The site features expert Q&A, up-to-date news, product picks and celebrity tidbits across the following categories: sex & gynecology, fitness & nutrition, emotional health & relationships, dermatology, and general health.

Read more in the press release.




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