I’ve talked about the work of INN (Institute for Nonprofit News) regularly here on KinshiPress. They are doing a superb job of building a community of new publushing start-ups.
They are out with a new innovation called the Rural News Network. This is a WordPress-powered hub local news sites, all powered by WordPress too.
This site features several publishers covered including Honolulu Civic Beat, Mississippi Free Press, and Mountain State Spotlight.