Monthly Archives: September 2011

Photos: Opening Introdutions at BXB 2011

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Five stages of grief: A cautionary (and optimistic) tale for online community news startups

The emerging local news ecosystem looks as choatic as ever. But a few patterns are emerging in the way online community news start ups develop or stall out. Here’s my latest attempt to make some sense of what I am … Continue reading

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Follow #bxb11 for indie local news publisher ideas, advice, trends

Block by Block Community News Summit 2011 begins today at 4 pm. Publishers of for-profit and nonprofit community news start-ups will meet in Chicago through Oct. 1 to talk about where they are in the independent hyperlocal business, trends and … Continue reading

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Chicago: Today We Started An Ad Network

By Mike Fourcher Today a group of fifteen independent Chicago-area news sites launched the Chicago Independent Advertising Network. The ad network, set to start serving ads on November 1, will serve over one million pageviews to what we believe to … Continue reading

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What’s working for community engagement at Michigan nonprofit local news site

Block by Block will be hosting this week its second annual Block by Block Community News Summit (#bxb11), an independent, online local news publishers gathering in Chicago, Sep. 29-Oct. 1. In the days leading up to the summit, we are featuring here a … Continue reading

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2 years in, Wisconsin community news site taking off

Block by Block will be hosting this week its second annual Block by Block Community News Summit (#bxb11), an independent, online local news publishers gathering in Chicago, Sep. 29-Oct. 1. In the days leading up to the summit, we will feature here a … Continue reading

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SoCal community site a regular player in local media

Block by Block will be hosting next week its second annual Block by Block Community News Summit, an independent, online local news publishers gathering in Chicago, Sep. 29-Oct. 1. In the days leading up to the summit, we will feature … Continue reading

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Images: Indie hyperlocal newsrooms as individual as the sites

Below is a sample of community news and hyperlocal newsrooms from around the country. Publishers and editors in the Block by Block network responded to a request for newsroom photos. Here is the first installment. Submit a photo of your … Continue reading

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It takes 3,750 minutes to run a digital news site

Or so that’s what Oakland Local founder and senior editor Amy Gahran has found in her Content Budget Calculator (link is an Excel spreadsheet), which was posted to and quickly shared on Twitter on Wednesday. The spreadsheet, spotted on hashtag #kdic2011, a … Continue reading

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Patch by the numbers: Part II

  Last week, some of you hopefully read my report on Patch’s content and audience engagement on four different Patch sites. In case you missed it, here it is again (and remember that you can comment either on KDMC’s site or … Continue reading

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