Monthly Archives: October 2011

Tucson Sentinel focuses on keeping the community talking

By Kathleen Majorsky In 2009, Gannett shut down the Tucson Citizen, one of the city’s two newspapers, after 138 years. The city’s morning newspaper, the Arizona Daily Star, continued to provide news and information for the city. But a voice … Continue reading

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Meet Front Porch Forum

By Kathleen Majorsky Front Porch Forum (FPF) is an online space that serves small towns and neighborhoods in just about a third of Vermont. Each FPF helps improve Vermont’s local community ecosystem. Hosting these neighborhood conversations leads to face-to-face interaction … Continue reading

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BxB 2012 Summit dates set! Save the dates: Sept. 13-15

We’re announcing our summit dates for 2012 – Sept. 13-15. We’ll start with dinner on Thursday, Sept. 13 and wrap up around midday on Saturday, Sept. 15. Loyola University in downtown Chicago has graciously invited us back, and we like … Continue reading

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Florida site focuses on investigative reporting

By Kathleen Majorsky In a time when traditional media in Florida was slashing their investigative reporting resources, Trevor Aaronson and his business partner Mc Nelly Torres founded the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. Instead of competing with traditional media in … Continue reading

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Who is Block by Block? Meet Suzanne McBride at Austin Talks

Kathleen Majorsky, a journalist who worked with Michele McLellan and Janet Coats at RJI, is writing a series of posts called “Who is Block by Block?”  for The Patterson Foundation website to introduce the foundation community to the sites and … Continue reading

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Training the public in media tools builds contributor base for Akron nonprofit news site

The Akronist local news site is not quite a year old, but since its January soft launch editor Chris Miller has built a grassroots network of more than 300 contributors, including 160 media trainees. The site specializes in video reporting … Continue reading

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IRS slows approvals of journalism nonprofits

If you are thinking about going the nonprofit news route, take a look at this post by Josh Stearns and an article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy that reports that applications for nonproft status by journalism organizations are “stuck in … Continue reading

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Growing a local audience one photo at a time: Case study of MyVeronaNJ

Virginia Citrano founded community news site MyVeronaNJ in Verona, New Jersey, in December 2009. Citrano has been steadily building her site for sustainability and last year she and contributing photographer Fred Goode ran a weekly photo contest “Where in Verona?” … Continue reading

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Twitter tips: Make it a community conversation

From Steve Buttry, Director of Community Engagement & Social Media at the Journal Register Co., some great tips for converting your Twitter stream from a one-way platform to a community conversation. A sampling: – Comment on the links you tweet … Continue reading

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Getting local: Paths to sustainability for nonprofit news

Knight Foundation has just published a new report that details revenue, spending and engagement practices at seven of the larger nonprofit news sites like MinnPost and Voice of San Diego. Their challenges are similar to those of smaller, entrepreneurial independent … Continue reading

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