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Defining your exit strategy to build a legacy

It felt odd to consider “exit strategy” at the recent Community Journalism Executive Training program (CJET), which brought nearly three dozen news organizations to Los Angeles for two days of intense, hands-on work developing specific business strategies and action plans. After … 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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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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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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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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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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Developer alert – Check out our RFP for a new website

We’re excited that The Patterson Foundation is supporting a new website for Block by Block. We want to create a dynamic site where independent online community news publishers can find peers with like interests and challenges. Community is the operative … Continue reading

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