Author Archives: Jessica Durkin

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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Two Dallas hyperlocal publishers ‘not surprised’ by Morning News layoffs

On Tuesday, Dallas Morning News owner A.H. Belo Corporation announced another round of layoffs — 38 employees — at the metro daily newspaper. This week’s layoffs marked the fourth for the paper in six years. The fiscal second quarter was harsh to Belo, … Continue reading

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Hyperlocal ad network scales to local news environment

Community news publisher Justin Carder learned first-hand the shortcomings of traditional news advertising systems. Carder started Capitol Hill Seattle blog in 2006, a site that is now read by 5,000 people daily, according to information on the site. CHS was voted … Continue reading

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Changing journalism, changing ethics — book looks at new rules

Should small news outlets print the names of people listed in police reports who were cited for misdemeanors, knowing the published names will live a long time on search engines? Should a publisher remove a published comment or photo upon … Continue reading

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Small, indep. news site in AZ could gain from corporate news layoffs

What is a loss for corporate legacy media in the Tucson, AZ, newspaper market could be a small gain for an independent news start-up. “Given that the amount of local content in the [Arizona Daily] Star is bound to be … Continue reading

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Patch news exec: ‘We’re trying to be local in 849 different ways’

Patch.com editor in chief Brian Farnham was among five guests on a panel about hyperlocal news in the Washington, DC area. The panelists were invited to speak about their news sites during “Hyperlocal Coverage: Neighborhood Blogs, Community Websites, and the … Continue reading

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Ad strategy for small news site publisher: ‘Keep it simple’

Scott Brodbeck is the publisher and editor of ARLnow.com, an independent community news site in Arlington County, VA, a suburb of Washington, DC. Brodbeck launched ARLnow.com solo in 2010 and the site has a readership today of more than 85,000 … Continue reading

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AOL CEO: 86 percent of commerce is local, but 100 percent of our lives is local

WASHINGTON — Five months after the $315 million merger of AOL and HuffingtonPost.com, AOL’s CEO and Chairman Tim Armstrong, and Arianna Huffington, AOL Huffington Post Media Group president and editor in chief, spoke at the National Press Club Friday about … Continue reading

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