Category Archives: Profile

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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NOWCastSA models community engagement for a digital age

By Kathleen Majorsky NOWCastSA uses a multi-platform approach to civic engagement in the San Antonio, TX area. Through infographics, Google maps, webcasts and live chats, NOWCastSA is providing a multimedia forum for citizens to take part in and change their … Continue reading

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Locally Grown News: ‘Passion is the first thing you learn’

By Kathleen Majorsky Inspired by Michelle Ferrier’s love for gardening and farmers markets, Locally Grown News is an online community that centers around eating locally grown food and living sustainable, healthy lifestyles. Ferrier calls her site hyper-local/hyper-topical, and hopes that … Continue reading

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Who is Block by Block? Meet emPower and DeShuna Spencer

By Kathleen Majorsky emPower magazine is a site that focuses on social issues in the African-American community. DeShuna Spencer wants her audience to take action in the African-American community. Spencer is a prime example of that goal herself: she took … Continue reading

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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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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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