Jim Brady launches mobile-focused Philadelphia news site Billy Penn

You might have heard: Monetize passion, not pageviews, says Jim Brady on what engagement means to a local news site

But did you know: The beta version of Billy Penn launched yesterday. In the introductory post, founder Jim Brady and editor Chris Krewson outline a few of their philosophies underpinning the site, including linking to other sites (“cover what you do best, and link to the rest”), the ability for readers to follow some ongoing stories like Philly’s bid for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and the absence of comments, at least for now (“It’s our opinion that interaction is moving into a ‘post-comments’ period”).

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