Author Archives: MicheleMcLellan

BxB moves on

Block by Block: Community News Summit 2012 was the third and final conference. We’re keeping this site as an archive of resources for online community news publishers. There’s more! Independent publishers have formed their own group, LION Publishers. The membership … Continue reading

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The future of Block by Block

With the Block by Block summit behind us, I want to share next steps and activities for the Block by Block network. I am excited to report that the BxB network will continue to serve independent publishers and innovators in local … Continue reading

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Lessons from Block by Block Super Camp – An experiment in business mentoring

By Janet and Rusty Coats When local independent news publishers gathered for the first Block by Block Community News Summit in September 2010, we heard two recurring themes: First, publishers told us just how much they had needed to connect so … Continue reading

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General registration is now open for Block by Block summit 2012

We’ve opened up general registration and invited non-publishers who are interested in the future of local news to join us Sept. 13-15 in Chicago. The general registration fee is $75.00 The registration fee for vendors is $300.00 We have additional … Continue reading

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Applications for the Community Journalism Executive Training program are now being accepted!

Organizations that wish to apply must complete the online application and provide required documentation by EOB Friday, July 20th. Last month, INN and the Knight Foundation announced that we will be convening the Community Journalism Executive Training program at Knight Digital Media Center at USC Annenberg … Continue reading

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Early registration is open for Block by Block: Community News Summit 2012

We’re excited to open early registration to publishers and others from independent online community news sites to the annual conference Sept. 13-15 in Chicago! Register here. As in the past, early registration is open only to publishers and site staff … Continue reading

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BxB Summit planning: Need your feedback!

I’ve been having discussions with a number of publishers about plans the Block by Block summit in 2012. Before we get farther along, I wanted to lay out some of the major themes of those conversations and get input from … Continue reading

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100 days and a lesson: There IS a business model for local news

By Janet Coats I’ve heard it over and over and over again: There’s no financial model for intensely local news. The group of 12 independent community news publishers we’ve been working with at The Patterson Foundation are demonstrating just how … Continue reading

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In Seattle, Crosscut focuses on ‘News of the Great Nearby’

By Kathleen Majorsky Crosscut is a site that has been around for awhile, as start ups go, and has moved through a couple of iterations. In that sense, it reflects the entrepreneurial path many Block by Block sites are on … Continue reading

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Lessons in entrepreneurship: Small ad platform starts to make big money

By Julia Scott BargainBabe.com Talking to Emily Lowrey, founder of ShopBirmingham, was like getting kicked in the pants. While major news sites struggle to generate online revenue streams, Lowrey has it figured out. “We’ve been profitable since the first month,” … Continue reading

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