Posted by jessdrkn on November 19, 2009
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Focus: “It’s like being there”; local and neighborhood news coverage
Started: September 2008
Staff: launched by publisher Mary Morgan and editor Dave Askins (wife and husband team). Ms. Morgan is a former reporter with the Ann Arbor News, which went from print to mostly online-only model.
We launched The Ann Arbor Chronicle to fill a void – to create a daily news site that reflects and embraces the energy, oddities, and character of our community. Every day we encounter eccentric, enterprising, or regular people doing the remarkable or even the routine. Ultra-local events within easy arm’s reach – whether it’s a pickup softball game, a client meeting in a coffee shop, a spontaneous political caucus, a school play – that’s the lens through which The Chronicle sees topics like entertainment, economic development, government, education. …
The word of the year for 2007 was locavore, someone who eats food grown in their region, probably by people who live somewhere close by. We’d like to extend this notion to someone who craves news and information grown locally in some sort of metaphorical compost of community interaction. We want these locavores to crave The Chronicle.
Stories: “Library nears deal on newspaper archives”; “More candidates vie for state house, senate”; “Downtown planning process forges ahead”; “Sheriff suggests ways to add deputies in Scio”
Media Mentions: Poynter Q&A with publisher Mary Morgan; “WordPress, Twitter, the Elks Club: 10 new routines at a news start-up” article from Nieman Journalism Lab
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Posted by jessdrkn on September 16, 2009
Location: San Antonio
Focus: community news blog serving San Antonio; current events, arts, food, sports, pop culture coverage and discussion. Some Spanish-language content
Started: May 2009
Employees/Writers: founded by Patricio Espinoza, who is also managing editor; family, friends help run the site; most content is openly submitted by area organizations or individuals; solicitations for citizen and professional journalism projects. Multi-media components. Mr. Espinoza created SA4Mayor.com, which covered the 2009 mayoral race. His personal blog, espiBlog.org, won an Emmy this year. Mr. Espinoza has a background in broadcasting
Funding: advertising, but content funding is limited; for now, the site links to contributor sites; revenue sharing planned in future as site grows
From About Us page
And so… lets get back to you, Alamo City… this is your blog, and here’s what I propose: You have a story to tell? An event to share? An issue of concern? Drop me a note, I will look into it… or better yet… dig up the story yourself, sign-up, send it in, and I will post it here. You can also upload photos and videos.
…my goal is to complement what traditional media has to offer. They got the picture, so why not us add the other small pieces of the puzzle. How many times have you whispered… Why doesn’t anyone cover or do that story? So here is your chance San Antonio, to put your money… or in this case your story where your mouth is.
Sample posts: ”UTSA to hold free astronomy event on Friday, September 18″ and “UTSA wins $5 million in stimulus funds for new computing center (University of Texas at San Antonio press releases); ”Roland’s Cucumber Salad” a public access video submission by a contributor
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Posted by jessdrkn on August 1, 2009
Location: Grafton, Mass.
Focus: “The lifeline of Grafton,” community news, local business
Started: (updated Web site unveiled Aug. 1, 2009)
Employees: 4 — publisher Jack Schofield, editor Jennifer Lord Paluzzi, and an advertising manager and sports/general assignment writer; group also runs sister community news site northbridgetimes.com
Funding: local business advertising, “the backbone of Graftontimes.com”
[from July 31, 2009 publisher note] Many have said we “have brought the community of Grafton together” and we “have built a news source that is professional and unbiased”. We are proud to be the most loved news source in Grafton, just as much as we are proud to deliver a great resource for local small businesses and consumers.
Sample stories: “Modular classrooms set to be ready for new year”; “Grafton Inn seeks liquor license — and missing reservation book”; “McInerny considers late night, early close for town offices”; “Grafton Lions win AAA Little League Championship”
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