The heartland of America isn’t immune to the media industry’s woes, and the Kansas Policy Institute is taking steps to fill the news gap in its state. The free-market think tank has launched a news service call KansasReporter.org .
“The project, according to its mission statement, aims to ‘provide vigorous and credible reporting on all sides of stories’ and wants readers to hold it accountable to that mission,” the Heritage Foundation noted in Insider Online . “Kudos to the Kansas Policy Institute for being willing to step outside of its “think tank” identity here. Surely, supporting good reporting can only help the cause of preserving the free society.
Add KansasReporter to the growing list of nonprofit and commercial news ventures emerging across the country, a topic I have noted  in  previous  entries . This has been a good year for conservative journalism, and with plans for new publications  come January, 2010 is looking like another promising year.
With that in mind, here’s a list of the newest, and forthcoming, conservative media outlets that are worth watching next year:
- Watchdog.org , which includes affiliates in Kansas , New Hampshire , Nebraska , Ohio , Oklahoma , Tennessee , and West Virginia . All are outgrowths of the work at the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity .
- Carolina Journal  (from the John Locke Foundation  in North Carolina)
- Face The State  (Colorado)
- 73wire 
- Big Government , Big Hollywood  and soon-to-be Big Journalism
- The Daily Caller  (set to launch Jan. 11)
- Pajamas Media  and PJTV 
- Red County 
- Washington Examiner  (whose parent company also owns The Weekly Standard )
If you know of others, please include links in the comments and I will add them to the list.