Category Archives: Banners – weekly/monthly rates

Case Study: Lichfield Community Media (LCM) (UK)

The name of the publication and / or company

Lichfield Community Media (LCM)

Established

2009

Web Address

lichfieldlive.co.uk

Form of the company

Community interest company

Describe your site or business in few words.

Philip John, web developer, internet consultant: “LCM started as Lichfield Blog three years ago. Later on the name was changed to Lichfield Live. Recently LCM launched also Burntwood Live. (Lichfield and Burntwood are major towns in Lichfield District, in Staffordshire, which is home to about 97 000 people.)”

Philip John also runs his own web business, Journal Local, which offers a WordPress platform designed especially hyperlocal websites.

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Case Study: Hackney Citizen (UK)

The name of the publication and / or company

Hackney Citizen

Established

2007

Web Address

hackneycitizen.co.uk

Form of the company

2 limited companies: the publisher is Citizen Media Ltd and the trader is Hackney Citizen Ltd

Describe your site or business in few words.

Keith Magnum, editor-in-chief: “We publish an independent free monthly newspaper called Hackney Citizen and run a website by the same name. We distribute 10 000 copies around Hackney, a borough of North East London, in shops and cafés.

We’ve been monthly since July 2010. Before that we published quarterly, since July 2008. Initially, the website was just a holding page, probably for the first year, until about 2009 when we begun doing more frequent news online. Before that, we didn’t know about WordPress or the whole online hyperlocal scene in the UK. So it was a bit weird to suddenly find ourselves a part of it!

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Case study: DavidsonNews.net (USA)

Based on an interview with editor-publisher David Boraks March 2 2011.

The name of the publication and / or company

DavidsonNews.net (Corneliusnews.net is a sister site), LLC company

Established

December 2006

Web address

davidsonnews.net

Describe your site or business in few words.

A community news website that uses paid staff, volunteers and community contributors to provide news and information about what’s going on here in town. They are also building a community: in places like North Carolina where – at least up until recently – the economy and population has been growing really fast, small communities like Davidson has been growing so quickly that it is really hard for people to hold on to the sense of community. DavidsonNews.net  helps by providing a common page for us all to be on.

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Case study: West Seattle Blog (USA)

Based on an interview with Tracy Record February 10 2011.

Name of the publication

West Seattle Blog

Established (year)

2005

Web address

westseattleblog.com

Form of the organization

LLC

Describe the business in few words

News about West Seattle with broad variety of topics. Continuous and original reporting, constantly updated with the help from community members aka. “collaborators”. A true 24/7 news site. Run by a couple, Tracy Record (editor) and Patrick Sand (business manager).

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Case study: The Batavian (USA)

Based on interview made January 30 2010 with the publisher Howard Owens. 

Name of the publication

The Batavian

Established (year)

2008

Web address

thebatavian.com

Form of the organization

LLC

Publisher and Editor

Publisher Howard Owens, Editor Billie Owens

Number of staff (paid full-time + freelancers)

2 + 2

Revenue 2010

Not disclosed. Profitable.

Short description of the site or business

It’s an online, web only site, only covering just Genesee county (pop. 60.370) and Batavia  (pop. 5.915). Concentrates primarily on breaking news, news of the moment.

“The purpose of the site is to provide local residents with timely news and information mostly about Genesee County. It is also our mission to ensure that every resident has a chance to contribute to the community by posting news and opinion about events, whether of local interest or national or international importance.

We believe that through civil discussion, communities grow stronger. We encourage all residents to participate, and only ask that each contributor treat others with respect.”

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