We Can Help You Build Readers & Revenue

The news industry is changing and a lot of the jobs have disappeared. If you are an out of work news professional looking for a way back in, we can help.

The Independent Media Network launched early in 2011 as a partnership between CTNewsJunkie.com and LocalOnlineNews.TV with an eye toward building a grassroots network of news websites, blogs, and businesses – all with a goal of reaching sustainability in this new world of online journalism.

We are now convinced that the online journalism model can be sustainable – particularly when a publication isn’t burdened by the expensive overhead of a print operation and all the other problems and shortsighted thinking that tend to go with that. A lot of folks haven’t launched their own website yet because they don’t know how to set one up, or they think it costs too much or that they can’t make enough money, etc. Or maybe you have tried and failed to get traction.We are here to tell you that there is a business model that can work. Create your own job.

We are offering:

  • advice on how to develop the right business model specific to your publication
  • free site hosting on a new WordPress install (along with problem solving backup when something goes wrong)
  • use of our ad server (crucial to developing trust for sponsors)
  • basic advertising tools including a rate card and ad contract
  • a step by step plan to make the best use of social networks and email to build your audience, and…
  • a community of journalists, bloggers, writers, photographers, and others who care about what you do. You don’t need to re-invent the wheel.

If you’re just thinking of blogging casually, we’re still be happy to host your site and provide some ad revenue via ads purchased across the network as a whole. But we are opening our doors to news professionals.

Be your own boss. Make your old boss spit out his/her coffee in the morning (or their scotch in the evening).

Our regular meeting for network publishers starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the University of Hartford. But if you are not already a member of our network, your meeting starts at 9 a.m. and you are welcome to stay through the rest to hear about what we’re up to. We also have invited an SEO expert to give a talk on how to build your site’s online footprint and traffic.

We will be in the building marked “3” on the map.  There is a small lot behind the building and another larger one a short distance away. The University’s address is 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117.

We’ll provide coffee. If you plan to attend, please RSVP here. Thanks!

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