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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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BxB publishers united in reporting FOR vs ABOUT their communities

The secret sauce for effective local indie online news easily boils down to choosing between two words: FOR  vs. ABOUT. “Reporters elsewhere write ABOUT our communities. We write FOR our communities,” said David Boraks, Publisher of DavidsonNews.net, at the close of … Continue reading

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Site criteria, lessons learned, LION discussed in BxB12 closing session

                In a wide ranging conversation Jay Rosen, journalism professor from New York University, and Michele Mclellan, founder of the BlockbyBlock Community News Summit,  discussed the summit’s origin, and the lessons learned about sustaining … Continue reading

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Impact counts for hyperlocal news, but how to count it?

What is the impact of journalism? Newsrooms and journalism think tanks — big and small — are looking for answers. Why? Embedded within the answers is a better understanding of newsrooms’ added value and a value proposition for sustaining newsrooms – for-profit, NPO and hybrids. Continue reading

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Google News, indie publishers patiently track each other’s learning curves

By Sally Duros While Google News evolves and learns more about the emerging local news ecosystem, indie publishers might improve search results by revisiting Google’s technical guidelines for News Publishers. Among the most important are establishing a news sitemap, paying attention … 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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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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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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‘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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The FCC report and ‘hyperlocal’

The Federal Communications Commission released today the 300+ page report “The Information Needs of Communities: The changing media landscape in a broadband age”. The report is an exhaustive overview of modern American media in traditional and emerging formats. The term … Continue reading

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