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

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  • 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 v community resource for sharing information and helping connect communities in a diverse and changing area of the city. In 2015, the publisher, John Murden, launched a sister site, Brooklyn Park Post. 

  • 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.

  • Duke City Fix


    Duke City Fix began in 2005 in cooperation with local bloggers, ready to streamline Albuquerque content into one place. Seeded by publisher Chantal Foster, the site provided unedited coverage and commentary from bloggers on local cultural, art and food scenes alongside active community discussions, event listings and classifieds that could be added by any registered member on the site. 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.

  • Golden.com


    Golden.com was started in 2007 and covers community news in Golden, Colorado. The site has many useful links for tourists and locals including a dining, shopping and brewery directory. Revenue: Sponsorship and ads.

  • mymcmedia


    The mymcmedia site is operated by Montgomery Community Media in Montgomery County, Maryland, just north of Washington, D.C. The site produces original content and curates content from around the area.

  • Progress Illinois


    Progress Illinois, with a progressive stance, covers politics and policy news from around the state. Topics: Economy, media, health care, transportation, labor, environment, prisons, education, politics. Revenue: Sponsorships.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. Revenue: $350/year in AdSense revenues.

    Advertising Bonus point: Editorial guidelines page that spells out ethical principles citizen contributors should follow.

  • Twin Cities Daily Planet


    The Twin Cities Daily Planet, a project of the Twin Cities Media Alliance, combines original reporting by citizen journalists with the best of the ineighborhood, community and ethnic press. Our primary focus is on under-reported stories and under-served communities, and on issues including education, health care, transportation and ethnic and immigrant communities. The Daily Planet has individual neighborhood pages for all 98 Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods, featuring profiles of each neighborhood, information about neighborhood resources, calendar listings for local events, and a map and directory of neighborhood businesses and attractions.