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Intersections: The South Los Angeles Reporting Project

Posted by jessdrkn on July 15, 2009

Location: Los Angeles intersectionssouthlaproject

Focus: hyperlocal/community news in undercovered, ethnically diverse South L.A. neighborhoods around University of Southern California campus

Started: 2009

Writers/Employees: USC Annenberg School for Communication multi-media project; journalism professors and co-directors of the project are Bill Celis and Willa Seidenberg; journalism student reporters, contributors of stories submitted for print, online or radio; collaboration with school’s Annenberg Radio News, Watt Ways digital magazine and Metamorphosis project

Funding: Project chosen to receive J-Lab: Institute for Interactive Journalism grant; university-affiliated


The goal is to create a two-way street for South L.A. communities and the media; to generate more, much-needed stories; and to train a new generation of journalists for open-minded, culturally literate reporting.

Students working with the project will produce stories in print, broadcast and online forms. Stories will also increasingly appear in Spanish and Korean. The project will incorporate research conducted by the Metamorphosis Project for more substantive discussions about minority, ethnic and immigrant communities across Los Angeles.

Sample stories: ”New Flavors in South Los Angeles” (short video spotlighting new coffee shop, wine shop in area reflecting gentrification); “Crenshaw High School students salute arrested teacher”; “News Analysis: Proposed teacher layoffs signal deeper problems for troubled LAUSD”; “Rugby revolution is South Los Angeles”; “Storage auctions in South Los Angeles: A solution for unemployment?”

Other: USC press release on project

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Linglestown Gazette

Posted by jessdrkn on July 15, 2009

Location: Lower Paxton Township, Penn. linglestowngazette

Focus: community news blog; town meetings, school boards, some sports

Started: June 2006

Employees/Writers: Founded by Bill Bostic, the site’s main contributor. He is a former stringer for the Harrisburg Patriot-Ledger daily newspaper; some posts bylined by others

Funding: Site chosen to receive $25,000 grant over two years from J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism; some local small business sponsors


From bio page: Bill Bostic, Linglestown Gazette’s publisher and editor, grew up in Dillsburg, Pa., and got his start in journalism as a teenager reporting on Little League baseball for the town’s weekly newspaper.

During the 1990s, Bostic worked as a stringer for The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.), covering a local government beat in four Dauphin County communities, Hummelstown and East, South and West Hanover townships.

Bostic caught the bug for blogging following the pay-raise scandal that rocked Pennsylvania politics in 2005, and published a blog called One-Man Think Tank that garnered considerable attention.

Sample posts: “Reporter’s notebook: CD School Board”; “Linglestown Future Stars headed to semifinal game”; “CD board hires new district head”

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Grosse Pointe Today

Posted by jessdrkn on July 15, 2009

Location:  Grosse Pointe, Mich. (covering the five Grosse Pointe neighborhoods in suburban Detroit) grossepointetoday

Focus: Community “News,” “People,” “Schools” pages; some crime blotter information; births, deaths, awards, etc. announcements are user-generated, free


Writers/Employees:  Edited by Ben Burnes, Sheila Young Tomkowiak and Nancy Dell Derringer. Site includes staff photographer, Web programmer and copy editor; 9 reporter/contributors; 4 interns; 2 volunteers. Area politicians contribute columns

Funding: non-profit; advertising

Site: is a non-profit community website for news and information about the Grosse Pointes and its residents. The site is still under development so please bear with us as we work out the technical difficulties. Meanwhile, take a look around and see what we have going so far. Let us know what you think we should include.

Sample posts: “Column: Woods recall campaign ignites a battle of the tweets”; “Cadieux parking gets ‘positive traction’”; “A fine July 4 in Moscow (Vermont)”; “Detroit dive team takes the plunge to clean a sunken car graveyard”; Local schools coverage: ”ULS athletes pick up year-end honors”

Other: Site selected in 2009 to receive $25,000 grant over two years from J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism. Announcement here.

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