Author Archives: Jessica Durkin

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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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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An emerging local advertising network in action

Hyperlocal news service NetNewsCheck talks to Sacramento Press publisher Ben Ilfeld about Ilfeld’s growing advertising network that focuses on media partnerships in his market. Article: News Pureplay Spawns Agency, Ad Network.

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Indie publisher: From reaction to action in online local news environment

This article originally appeared Oct. 5 on Mike Foucher’s Vouchification blog and is crossposted here with permission from Fourcher, a member of the Block by Block indie publisher network.  Inflection Point By MIKE FOURCHER, founder/publisher The Center Square Journal, Chicago … Continue reading

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Headlines and indie local news tips from #bxb11

Over three days last weekend — Sept. 29-Oct 1 — more than 100 people gathered for the second Block by Block Community News Summit in Chicago. The majority of those present were independent news publishers who run local, digital commmunity … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Indie online news trade association forms at #bxb11

  Mike Fourcher, publisher of Center Square Journal in Chicago, announced today he and 20 other publishers have formed the Independent Local Online News Publishers Trade Group (unofficial, working title) during talks at this year’s Block by Block Community News Summit. … 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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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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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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