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.
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
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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Posted by jessdrkn on April 30, 2011
Location: Larchmont/Mamaroneck/Lower Westchester County, New York City area
Focus: News, Features, Op-Ed, Real Estate, Milestones, and Sports, Pets, Kids, Obituaries sections, etc. in Sound Shore area in New York City suburbs; Spanish-language section called En El Circulo
Metrics: 8,000 hits a day, 35,000 visitors per month from coverage area
Staff: editor/publisher Polly Kreisman, who is also co-editor of investigative journalism site InvestigateNY and has a background in broadcast media; co-editor Dian Marszalek, a former New York Times and Associated Press reporter
theLoop endeavors to unite its readers with local information through professional journalism and new technologies to create community.
- since 2007, an on-line newspaper serving larchmont, mamaroneck, and lower westchester county.
- a powerful platform for readers to report news and express opinions.
- editorial content driven by journalists whose experience runs deep and whose respect for journalistic integrity runs deeper.
- the number one local news site by traffic in westchester county (analytics available)
Sample stories: “Scarsdale woman scammed at ATM”; “Arbor Day in New Rochelle”; “Puppy tips: Housebreaking 101″ part of pet adoption section; “Mamaroneck lacrosse edges Bronxville”; “Local efforts for Japan”; “What they’re reading” (Public library staff recommendations)
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