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The New News


Revived EveryBlock Looking to Work With Community News Sites

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EveryBlock is back in business under its new operator, Comcast. Re-launched in Chicago last January and in Philadelphia in August, it will be expanding to five more cities this year. Here, Comcast Local Media Director Paul Wright defends the old EveryBlock, and details new features of the resurrected data aggregator...

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How LymeLine Succeeds Against a 133-Year-Old Daily

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The community news site in southeastern Connecticut competes against a long-established daily and Sunday print and online newspaper — and is thriving. Publisher/editor Olwen Logan tells Street Fight how she does it...

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Buffalo Rising Holds Own Against Warren Buffett’s Daily

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Buffalo, N.Y., is part of the New Urbanism that's helping to revive many old cities, and Newell Nussbaumer's Buffalo Rising is chronicling the Queen City's comeback. Here, Nussbaumer tells Street Fight how he did it...

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Happenings Media Makes Lifestyle Content Pay — In Audience and Revenue

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Sisters Tina Paparone and Angela Giovine are the founders of Happenings Media, which, in five years, has developed into an impressive network of digital lifestyle magazines. Street Fight recently caught up with Paparone to talk about how the duo bootstrapped their operation into a growing network of 23 magazines across the country...

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How Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk Zeroes In on News and Profits

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In the increasingly tough world of community journalism — where both readers and advertisers can be fickle and local advertising markets like Santa Barbara are crowded with competitors — Noozhawk succeeds because it's not in the news business, but "the business of news." Here, founder Bill Macfadyen explains what that means...

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How Seattle’s South King Media Grew From Hobby Into Profitable Mini-Net

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Southend was long dominated by "legacy" Robinson Newspapers, which last year was forced to consolidate its Southend print weeklies into one subscription product because of what it called "market forces," but kept its individual community websites. Meanwhile, Scoot Schafer's independent "pure-play" South King Media is profitable and growing. Street Fight caught up with Schaefer recently to talk about the different elements involved in successful hyperlocal publishing projects...

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From Ad Biz to Hyperlocal: Duo Takes Flyer in Fayetteville, Profitably

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Today's digital community news publisher-editors are increasingly likely not to have had experience working for traditional journalism outlets. But that hasn't prevented them from making their mark — even when they're competing against platforms that have strong print resources. That's the case for Todd Gill and Dustin Bartholomew, co-founders of the seven-year-old independent Fayetteville (Ark.) Flyer. In this Q & A, Gill tells how he and Bartholomew achieved success in a market with a major print and digital daily newspaper...

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How Community Involvement Can Pay Off for Local Publishers

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Commuter traffic tie-ups and convenience store holdups can't be the heart of a community news product. "Duty" coverage is still part of many sites' content menu, but, by itself, it can't build a solid relationship with community. The trick is to empower users "to take action to improve their communities"...

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Surge Seen in Online Political Ads, But Which Sites Will Be Winners?

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Digital platforms traditionally haven’t gotten too much in the way of political ad spending, but new projections from Borrell Associates show online outlets making a big leap this year amid the midterms, going from $14.1 million in 2010 to $211.2 million in 2014. But it’s not clear how much community news sites — many of which cover campaign news diligently — will benefit from these gains...

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With Acquisitions, Brooklyn’s Corner Media Grows Into a Regional Cluster

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Publisher Liena Zagare's independent Corner Media network in Brooklyn has added three established community news sites in the borough to grow into a cluster of seven sites in a market of 1 million people. Street Fight recently caught up with Zagare to learn more about what her two acquisitions will mean for their neighborhoods and her company...

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