Tracking down a mysterious community news venture

It’s only Jan. 2, and we already have a New Year’s media mystery. Who is Amerisave Media? And what is the Middlesex County Connector?

Here is the company’s “About” statement:

Amerisave Media is a publishing company that places great value in ethics, timely reporting, community, and small business. Ethically, we believe in not only reaching the highest of journalistic standards, but doing so through a medium that holds importance and respect for the earth. In that regard, Amerisave Media aspires to always and exclusively produce literature that can be found online. And, there’s no better way to disseminate timely information than online, where our readers can have their community’s news reported almost as it occurs. Community matters to us, that’s why through our courageous ingenuity we have implemented a revenue model that provides the most for small businesses and the people who can make them prosper. We want more for the journalism industry, we want more for our readers and we want more for your communities. We are ready to work hard to obtain it.

Want to work for them? Here is their ad at JournalismJobs.com.

As for who’s behind it, a “whois” search of Amerisavemedia.com revealed nothing, since it is privacy-protected. However, someone named Paul Bonfiglio, who lives in a Boston suburb, registered MiddlesexConnector.com and six other domain names on Nov. 6. I was able to track down five of the six, so perhaps the seventh is Americasavemedia.com. Here they are:

  • NorfolkConnector.com
  • SuffolkConnector.com
  • PlymouthConnector.com
  • WorcesterConnector.com
  • BristolConnector.com

I’m sending Bonfiglio an email and will post a follow-up if I hear from him.