But their "origin story" is now familiar and kind of an inside joke among a few of the local freelance scribes who grumble about the rates of this publication. Notice that very few contributing writers stay on for very long . . . Still, the myth that people still pay for community news, high school sports and watching low rent public meetings online and out of the goodness of their hearts makes for a fantastic tale that's much brighter than living off family money, paid political hit pieces and a big check from an occasional rich wackadoodle.
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As small papers continue to fold, a tiny suburban Kansas City news site that routinely breaks local government stories is expanding. Its paywall is helping bring in lots of new revenue. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: Half as many newspaper reporters will head to work this morning compared to a decade ago.