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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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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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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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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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Block by Block: Community News Summit 2011

We’re excited – Block by Block 2011 is getting close. Join us Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Chicago for another lively gathering of independent online community news publishers. If you’re leading a local online news start up or looking to grow … Continue reading

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Leaked Patch analytics: What do these numbers mean?

Business Insider this week posted numerous internal Patch documents revealing site analytics at 68 Southern California Patch locations. The sites received a total 330,000 unique visitors for November, according to the documents. Are you an independent hyperlocal news publisher? How … Continue reading

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‘Comments are content’ for local news sites: 8 tips to build community, coverage

What types of stories get comment traction on hyperlocal sites? Block by Block (BxB) surveyed independent, community news site publishers about their top reader engagement tools, and 100 percent of respondents said the comments feature on their CMS platform is … Continue reading

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