Can independent journalists and news sites be sustainable in Malaysia?

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In the past decade, news websites have sporuted in in Malaysia like mushrooms after the rain. But most have been relatively big organisations with sufficient financing. None have really been independent or individual journalists making a go at it on their own.

I was just wondering if the time is now for something like this to happen in Malaysia.

It has been happening in more developed countries like the USA and in Europe. And recently, a website called Michelle’s List compiled a whole bunch of independent local and native news websites (mainly in the US lah) that have been making it.

The website categorises the bunch into how progressive they were according to content, engagement and revenue. And of course, the number one question was also… HOW MUCH WAS YOUR TOTAL REVENUE LAST YEAR?

Some of these websites do real hardcore investigative journalism while some are more community and neighbourhood-based. But one thing is for sure… they’re making it!

Check out the list below and if you want to read more about it, head on to

More than $1 million


$500,000 to $1 million

Brentwood Home Page
Front Porch Forum
San Angelo LIVE
The Philadelphia Public School Notebook

$250,000 to $500,000

City Limits
Georgia CEO
New Haven Independent
Stu News Laguna
Twin Cities Daily Planet

$100,000 to $250,000

Bedford + Bowery
Carson Now
Cary Citizen
CTNewsJunkie (RIP)
Iowa Watch
MLT News
My Edmonds News
OCNJ Daily
San Francisco Public Press
The B-Town (Burien) Blog
The Batavian
Watershed Post

$50,000 to $100,000

Billy Penn
Eastsider LA
Florida Bulldog
Lynnwood Today
Magnolia Reporter
New Canaanite
TAP into New Providence
TAP into South Plainfield
The Franklin Reporter & Advocate
Universal Hub

$0 to $50,000

Alhambra Source
Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting
Cambridge Day
Camel City Dispatch
Corona del Mar Today
Dearborn Free Press
Delaware Business Daily
Detailed Block
Eugene Daily News
Evanston Now
Farmington Voice
Jamaica Plain News
Lake Texoma
Latina Lista
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Mission Local
Monroe Local News
My Cedarburg Online
My Everett News
Newport Dispatch
Now Habersham
Open Media Boston
Passyunk Post
Racine County Eye
Stillwater Current
TAP into East Orange/Orange
TAP into Edison
TAP into Madison
TAP into Roxbury
TAP into Scotch Plains/Fanwood
TAP into Westfield
The Austin Bulldog
The Berkshire Edge
The Groton Line
The Limerick Post
The Manomet Current
The Pottstown Post
The Rapidian
The Sanatoga Post
The Wrentham Times
Watertown News
West of the I
Your Arlington

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