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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

Backfence was a network of user-driven hyperlocal news sites that launched in 2005 and closed in 2007.

Backfence was by Mark Potts and Susan DeFife with and two community sites in the Washington, D.C., area. It in local and national investment and eventually expanded to 13 sites near Washington, Chicago, and San Francisco.

In January 2007, , and it laid off most of its employees. It finally in July 2007.

Backfence averaged about , though its content came from users, who . The company was supported by . The site was considered at the time of the “citizen journalism” movement.

The site received criticism for , being irregularly updated, , , ,

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