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Posted by jessdrkn on April 6, 2012

Location: Jackson, MI 

Focus: Positive information about Jackson people and culture, especially arts and lifestyles. Information categories are Feature Articles, Videos, Photos, Community News. Magazine-style articles, community generated posts.

Started: 2012


Funding: advertising, media consulting services


Social media: Jacksonopolis YouTube channel, @jacksonopolis, on Facebook. Also on Vimeo and Flickr

From About:

Jacksonopolis showcases the quantity and quality of Jackson people, places, culture, and community.We provide magazine style articles, short and timely community contributed news posts and a recurring video series that highlight attributes specific to the Jackson community. Community participation will be encouraged but strong editorial control will be used to keep the site positive.

Jacksonopolis is about sustaining a community of writers, artists and filmmakers interested in covering a variety of articles which showcase the quantity and quality of Jackson people, places, culture, and community. We’re looking for writers who can cover local, positive, fun and interesting content.

Video intro produced by site founders:


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The Lo-Down

Posted by jessdrkn on April 6, 2012

Location: New York City, Lower East Side 

Focus: “News from the Lower East Side” of NYC. Information categories include News, Food, Nightlife, Art, Music, Kids, Shopping, Real Estate, LES Info, Calendar. Curated content from mainstream and other community news and info sites.

Started: 2009

Staff: founder/publishers Ed Litvak and Traven Rice. Litvak is a former TV news producer, Rice has a background in film and theater. Other staff are two editors. Site has six writing contributors.

Print edition: Publishers announced in March 2012 they will launch a print magazine of Lo-Down NY in May 2012.

Funding: advertising, sponsorships, production and consulting service


From About:

The Lo-Down is a community web site dedicated to covering news, events and – most significantly – the people who live and work in one of the world’s greatest neighborhoods, the Lower East Side.

Rather than serve a single segment of our diverse neighborhood, we are a resource for all cultures and groups on the LES to share information and ideas and to engage in a meaningful dialogue about issues that unite and divide us. We are not a blog that espouses a particular point of view or has an agenda. We work hard to reach out to people and organizations that are not often heard from – and to solicit multiple points of view and new perspectives. It is most important to us that everyone has an opportunity to tell their own story.

Sample stories: “Ken’s music picks: Bryan Dunn at Rockwood Music Hall”; “Roots and Vines owner talks about why she closed cafe”

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Red Bank Green

Posted by jessdrkn on November 2, 2009

Location: Red Bank, New Jersey redbankgreen

Focus: hyperlocal and community news for Red Bank and six surrounding towns; sections include Yard Sale, and link to arts and leisure sister site RedBank oRBIT

Started: June 2006

Staff: 4 — Red Bank residents and husband-and-wife team Trish Russoniello and John T. Ward, according to the site. Ms. Russoniello is a graphic artist, Mr. Ward was a newspaper reporter for 20 years. Another person edits Red Bank oRBIT, and there is one tech person. Some articles bylined by a part-time reporter.

Funding: advertising-supported


From About Us

redbankgreen is an independent, advertiser-supported, web-only presentation of news and features about life in Red Bank, New Jersey, and its neighbor towns: Fair Haven, Little Silver, Rumson, Shrewsbury, some of Tinton Falls, and the lower part of Middletown.Launched on June 1, 2006, the site is styled as “a town square for an unsquare town” because it’s a meeting place, like the village green of old. Only this one’s online.


In creating redbankgreen, Trish & John set out to bring journalistic standards, luscious visuals and fresh—but not gratuitously cynical—perspective to local coverage.

Sample stories: “Bridges Head in Opposite Directions”; “Fair Haven GOP: Focused on Finance”; “Local Foodies Tune into Tunisia”; “Weekend: Not the Usual Haunts” (a preview of Halloween arts and liesure events, from sister site RedBank oRBIT); “Red Bank’s Yard Sale Maven” (profile of local resident, posted on Yard Sale page); and a comprehensive listing of municipal meetings in “Civics 101″ sidebar

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