Monthly Archives: September 2011

Revenue for nonprofit news sites

A survey of 57 attendees of Block by Block 2010 found that grants represent the top source of revenue for publishers at this conference. Smaller revenue sources include local advertising, individual donations and advertising networks. Rusty Coats’ “Revenue for Nonprofit … Continue reading

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How to set online advertising rates? Think supply and demand

Online publishers should set their ad rates according to supply and demand, says Deb Galant, founder of New Jersey-based Baristanet. “If you are sold out, you have to raise the price,” Galant said. “If you’re not sold out, lower the … Continue reading

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Legal issues that concern online publishers

Andy Sellars from the Citizen Media Law Project gave a great short course on legal issues that concern online publishers.  A few highlights… The Citizen Media Law Project and the Online Media Legal Network is a resource for online journalists … Continue reading

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Photos: Block by Block afternoon breakout sessions

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Working with citizen contributors

By Mary Turck The Rapidian gives an award to the reporter “most likely to get a black eye” for their work— and that’s just one of the strategies that surfaced during the breakout discussion on working with citizen contributors. Denise … Continue reading

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Community Engagement: Start Small

The key bolstering community engagement with websites could be lowering the barrier to entry. At a discussion on “Best Practices, Community Engagement” at the Block by Block Summit today, neighborhood news site reps shared the stories – and challenges – … Continue reading

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Financing Your Expansion

We may all be hyperlocal sites, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have big dreams of growth. And we all define expansion differently. For some it is making similar sites available to surrounding communities, for others it is expanding … Continue reading

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Breakout sesson: Social media for online publishers

Lisa Williams of Placebogger.com facilitated a great discussion on what issues online publishers deal with when it comes to social media and their sites. Here are the full notes. Questions to ponder… Q: Twitter or Facebook? Which is most effective for … Continue reading

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Livestreaming #bxb11 Block by Block Community News Summit 2011

Watch live coverage of Block by Block Community News Summit 2011. Follow us on Twitter: @mybxb Summit hashtag: #bxb11

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It starts with passion: Jay Rosen’s 9 takeaways from the #bxb11 summit opener

By Jay Rosen At the opening session of Block By Block 2011, “Stories from the field,” moderated by Michele McLellan and myself, the founders of many of the nation’s top born-on-the-web community news sites were asked to testify. We wanted … Continue reading

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