Michele's List
Building blocks in the emerging local news ecosystem

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  • Akronist

    The Akronist seeks to capture compelling multimedia stories of everyday people in the community. The website is an extension of the Akron Digital Media Center, a partnership between Akron Community Foundation and the Akron-Summit County Public Library. The project trains citizens to create multimedia stories using small cameras and mobile devices, whose content is uploaded to social media and the Akronist website. Revenue: Grants, sponsorships.

  • Alhambra Source

    Alhambra Source is a nonprofit organization that serves a city of about 85,000, predominantly Asian and Hispanic immigrants, in California's San Gabriel Valley. Launched in 2010 by the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, the organization in 2017 began a two-year transition toward becoming an indepenent outlet. The site relies on community contributors working with a professional journalist. The site seeks to serve "as a forum for local voices, and a platform for the expression and development of writers, videographers, and photographers." Bonus points: Content in Spanish and Mandarin as well as English.

  • bctv.org

    bctv.org is a nonprofit corporation committed to providing live programming on cable TV and online, produced and hosted by people in the Berks County community. 
    Community members are welcome to submit stories, photos and video about issues, events and activities in Berks County as well as comments, opinions, and reviews. 



  • BenitoLink

    Benito Link is a community-driven, non-profit local news site serving rural Benito County, which borders Santa Clara County, California. The nonprofit site seeks donations and sponsorships among other funding sources. Its mission is to inform all residents in decisions and engage them in order to improve our community's "quality of life."

  • Church Hill People's News

    Church Hill People's News is an all-volunteer site that covers the East End of  of Richmond, Va. With more than 100,000 pageviews per month and a real-world impact, CHPN has become a community resource for sharing information and helping connect communities in a diverse and changing area of the city.

  • Civil Beat

    Civil Beat is the largest news outlet dedicated to public affairs reporting about Hawaii. It focuses on investigative and watchdog journalism, in-depth enterprise reporting, analysis and commentary that gives readers a broad view on important issues and challenges leaders to do better. Civil Beat also works to foster community discussion by providing a place where citizens can debate important issues in a civil manner. Revenue: Metered paywall with monthly subscriptions.

  • Columbus Underground

    Columbus Underground features events, entertainment, business and government coverate in Ohio's largest city. It also maintains active discussion boards. Revenue: Advertising.

  • Front Porch Forum

    Front Porch Forum's mission is to help neighbors connect and build community.  We do that by hosting regional networks of online neighborhood forums.

    FPF currently serves every community in the state of Vermont and is exploring expansion to other locales.  More than one out of three households in Vermont participates in their local FPF.

  • Glen Rock News Today

    Local news, including coverage of local institutions like the police department, city government and library. Has a section for local childrens' submissions of creative work. Revenue: advertising, including in print.

  • Go Local Prov

    Go Local Prov is one of three websites operated by the Go Local group, headed by Josh Fenton. Lauched in 2010, the site provides local news including politics, sports, business and lifestyle news via text and video. In 2017, the organization launched Go Local Live on Facebook and other social media platforms to bring newsmakers to viewers in real time. Other sites are in Worcester, MA, and Portland, OR. Revenue: Advertising.

  • Grand Rapids Kids

    A parenting-focused site for Grand Rapids, Mich. Has evergreen guides, event listings, and up-to-date reportage.

  • Greenpointers

    Community news, events, food, drink, and a community directory. Jennifer Galatioto is the owner. Revenue: organizational support, advertising.

  • Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle

    This publication started online, but now produces a print monthly. It covers local news. Eric Crump, Marilyn Thomas, and Tom Houlihan are editors. Revenue: advertising.

  • Hopkinton News

    Local reporting, including hard news and features. Many, many links to community resources. Revenue: advertising.

  • iNFONews

    iNFOnews covers several communities in Canada, reporting on arts and entertainment, politics, and a bunch of other local essentials. They also provide easy access to community info by embedding their parent company's searchable business database and directory right on their site. CEO is Bonnie Derry. Revenue: advertising and print publications (community directories, specifically.)

  • Local Spins

    Covering music and the music community in West Michigan, Local Spins hosts events and produces podcasts and radio content. Editor and publisher is John Sinkevics. Revenue Advertising, freelance, events, merchandise

  • Long Beach Post

    Local news about Long Beach, with specific editorial sections for immigration and LGBTQ coverage. Has some subverticals and maintains a reading list, event listings and guides. Revenue: advertising, donations. 

  • Missoula Current

    Coverage includes environmental news, business, University of Montana and arts and entertainment. Also has editorials. Martin Kidston is the founding editor. Revenue: donations and advertising.

  • Nelson County Gazette

    A local news site that grew out of Jim Brooks's personal blog. Covers subjects like health, crime and policing, local charity and other subjects relevant to communities. Revenue: advertising.

  • Next Pittsburgh

    News on local happenings, neighborhoods, social justice, parenting and other topics. Produces several evergreen guides. Tracy Certo is the publisher and founder. Revenue: advertising, donations.

  • NJ NEXT

    A site with news and views on local happenings and policy issues. Primarily focused on events across New Jersey. Co-founders are Carolyn Parisi and Mary Mann. Revenue: investment and advertising.

  • NJ Pen

    NJ Pen focuses on Camden County, with special attention paid to 9 communities. They cover government, the local economy, features and other subjects. They produce regular emails, voter guides, a print holiday ad book and send out text alerts. Editor and founder is Matt Skoufalos. Revenue: advertising.

  • NOWCastSA

     NOWCastSA is a nonprofit community news organization that was created to address the scarcity of meaningful local news and information in the San Antonio Metropolitan Area, to democratize local data and to get people engaged in their community. Its mission is to promote and facilitate an inclusive civic conversation by empowering neighbors to identify common issues and share information through education, training, community news, events and multimedia.

     

  • Richmond Pulse

    Richmond Pulse is a nonprofit news site with a monthly print publication whose content is developed by young people. Richmond Pulse aims to offer a counter-point to negative perceptions of Richmond and amplify voices of underserved residents. Revenue: 10-year grant from the California Endowment.

  • Silver Lake Star

    Silver Lake Star is a community website and portal for residents in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, California. It was founded by Eddie North-Hager and Betsy McClellan Hall in 2012 and seeks reader posts. They also started Echo Park Online. Revenue: Advertising, real estate listings.

  • SweetwaterNOW

    A news site focused on Sweetwater County, Wyoming. Offers community reporting, including local features, news hits, obituaries, job listing and events. Has a newsletter. Gary Collins is the COO. Revenue: advertising, including sponsored content. 

  • Swellesley Report

    Local reporting on feel-good stories on subjects like local business, philanthropy and travel destinations. Produces a daily newsletter. Authors are Bob and Deborah Brown. Revenue: advertising and donations.

  • The Lakewood Scoop

    Offers news and opinion on local issues. Also has some unique features like a lost and found registry, a listing of local simchas, and a ride share program. Produces regular audio. Revenue: Advertising.

  • The Philbrick-James Forum

    The Philbrick-James Forum is a volunteer-staffed, nonprofit news site that covers several New Hampshire small towns. Topics: Local news, arts and entertainment, sports, lifestyle. Revenue: Advertising, donations. 

  • The Rapidian

    The Rapidian is neighborhood citizen news site in Grand Rapids, Mich., operated by the Grand Rapids Community Media Center. Revenue: Grants, advertising. Bonus points: Active use of social media, mapping local events and news.

  • The Seattle Globalist

    The Seattle Globalist is a nonprofit news organization that covers connections betweeen global and local issues in Seattle. The site seeks to highlight diverse voices and has an apprenticeship program to help train a new generation of media makers. Revenue: Advertising/sponsorship, donations

  • This Is Reno

    This Is Reno is a local news site in Nevada that is mostly operated by volunteers. It has been around since 2009. Topics include events, crime, government, and business. Revenue: Advertising

  • Tipp News Daily

    Tipp news uses citizens' written and video reports to deliver news to residents of the Tipp City. The site relies heavily on submissions by residents.

  • Toms River Shorebeat

    Toms River Shorebeat is one of three sites operated by journalist Daniel Nee, who was formerly senior field editor for Patch in Ocean City. Nee also operates Brick Shorebeat and Lavellette-Seaside & Ortley Beach Shorebeat. Revenue: Advertising