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Southwest Observer

Posted by jessdrkn on February 20, 2010

Location: Chicago

Focus: “Community News. Evolved.”; neighborhood news for Mt. Greenwood, Beverly and Morgan Park; news, opinion, calendar, forums, chat rooms

Started: March 2007

Staff: Michael Fielding, editor, journalism degree and background; Steve Delmont, publisher, formerly in print publishing; solicitation for contributed content and blogs

Funding: advertising; site is associated with Romeii LLC, of Wisconsin


From About:

The Observer is a new community newspaper without the paper. Every day we’ll post news items pertinent to you and your community.And every day we’ll ask you to participate. Got a gripe? Air it in the forums. Planning a block party? Start a blog and keep everyone up to date. Register with us, and you can comment on the stories we post, or you can comment on the posts of your neighbors.

Sample stories: “Keller to stay put, Mt. Greenwood school to expand”; “Community alert for attempted kidnapping”; “Obama’s bookstore book signing this Saturday”; “Keller meeting for parents only”

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The Village Thinker

Posted by jessdrkn on February 20, 2010

Location: Battle Creek, Michigan 

Focus: “Everybody has a hand in thinking”; a neighborhood blog — community events coverage, crime updates

Started: June 2008

Staff: founded and edited by resident Laura Adams; contributor solicitation

Funding: no apparent traditional funding (advertising, grants)


From About:

The Village Thinker is a community news resource. The Village Thinker is the new media.  It is an Internet news source, but it isn’t an electronic newspaper. Yet.

Print is dead, I went to the funeral almost 10 years ago.  It was nice, CNN sent a beautiful wreath.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t considered news.  Most likely because it coincided with the christening of the Internet as the New Media.

The Village Thinker exists because we have no unfiltered crime and gang-related news in our community, and people are tired of reading propaganda that is sanitized for our protection.   Or for the protection of the people who need to cover up what they did wrong.  We are tired of being kept in the dark.

The Village Thinker is underground news, because even a small town needs an underground media outlet.

Sample posts: “Second bank robbery this month”; “Crimewatch committed to continuing the struggle”; “IFPTI receives substantial funding in 2011 Federal budget”; “Ann J. Kellogg students Stomp for Peace”

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The Rappahannock Voice

Posted by jessdrkn on November 19, 2009

Location: Rappahannock County, Virginia 

Focus: “One man’s view of the world from Rappahanock County, Virginia”; a “personal blog” by a veteran print newsman. Coverage of municipal issues.

Started: October 2006

Staff: Founded by former Wall Street Journal reporter James P. Gannon, who also was editor of the Des Moines Register and a reporter for The Detroit News. In July 2008, Mr. Gannon entered a content-sharing agreement with local print newsweekly The Rappahannock News. Most news on site generated by Mr. Gannon.


From About Us

The Rappahannock Voice was founded in October 2006 by James P. Gannon. He worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal for 17 years before becoming the Editor of The Des Moines Register, Iowa’s largest daily newspaper. Under his leadership, The Register won three Pulizer Prizes and was named to Time magazine’s list of the ten best daily newspapers in America. After leaving The Register, Gannon returned to Washington, D.C., where he had worked for The Wall Street Journal, to become Washington Bureau Chief for The Detroit News and to write a national affairs column for the Gannett Co. newspapers.

Sample Posts: “With its roots in India, a winery finds a home in Rappahannock”; “Board of Supervisors’ election sent a ‘don’t rock the boat’ message, but left leadership issue unresolved”; “How savers get punished while big banks that acted irresponsibly get rewarded”

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