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Alameda has its own online news site

After we posted an item the other day about a new online newspaper, the San Francisco Appeal, we were told about another local, online news site called The Island that covers Alameda.

The Island has been providing news five days a week since February 2008. The driving force behind this site is Michele (Marcucci) Ellson (pictured), who has been working at newspapers for 17 years. She is the winner of several journalism awards, including a Sigma Delta Chi award for investigative reporting, Associated Press and James Madison Freedom of Information.

She left her last job as a regional reporter for what’s now the Bay Area News Group in 2007 in part because she was concerned about the direction the business was headed. But she says she never lost the itch to produce news, and so, with some goading from a tech-savvy friend, she started The Island.

The Press Club’s webmaster, Dave Price, asked Ellson a few questions.

Ellson also reports that she is just starting to take her first orders for advertisements, which she’s hoping will support her efforts. In addition to filling a need for local news, she hopes to provide a financially workable model for others to copy.

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