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(short for Digital Network Associates) is an online local news organization covering Manhattan and Chicago.

The site was founded in November 2009 by Ameritrade founder , who also provides its funding. The original New York site had an  in March 2013 and it includes both neighborhood-level sites and broader coverage. It has hired a number of high-profile reporters, including contributing editor , dean of student affairs at Columbia Journalism School, and , a long-time investigative reporter for the New York Post.

The site has grown considerably since launch: While estimates pegged site traffic at , it averaged . It also has developed a sales and marketing staff of about 10 people to monetize that growth, as Ricketts . It in November 2012, with a in March 2013.

Both sites include , though there is little in-depth investigative reporting or reporting on large businesses.

Ricketts, a political conservative, through which he reportedly planned to target President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. But he said in a that his politics should have “absolutely no impact on your work as objective, fair-minded journalists.”

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