Blogs/Hyperlocals in the area

Final computerThis is a quick look at blogs and hyperlocal sites. Send suggested blogs and hyperlocal sites to drainey@DelawareBusinessDaily.com.  Blogs without recent updates were not listed.

BLOGS

Allan Loudell – The WDEL-AM host offers a varied menu of news and analysis in a middle of road, even-handed style. Content can be more local than Allan’s radio shows, which often focus on national and international issues.

Caesar Rodney Institute – The public policy group does not like the media description of “conservative think tank.”  The  well-written blog of the public policy group  does reflect opposition to the current administration’s tax, energy and education policies.

Cecil Times – Politics can be a contact sport in the county bordering New Castle and the Cecil Times keeps tabs and offers strong opinions  on county government and the sometimes rocky changeover to the council-executive system.

Colossus of Rhody. An entertaining blog with movie references and a conservative edge that pokes fun at earnestness of liberals. Some Delaware content.

Delaware Arts Info – An information blog on arts offerings  in the state, often focusing on smaller organizations.

Delaware Business Blog  – A compilation of press releases and calendar items on business-related events.

Delaware Inc. – The News Journal’s  lists this feature as a blog, although it is actually more of a hyperlocal, with news stories that often make their way into print. Blog has been largely inactive since the N-J’s business staff voluntarily  departed late last year in a process where all staff had to apply for jobs.

Delaware Liberal – A long-running website  that takes a look at state and national politics from the left side of the spectrum.

Delaware Politics – A conservative blog that solidly supports Republican candidates and   is updated regularly. A number of other conservative blogs exist, but updates can be sporadic. Suggestions are always welcome.

Delaware Way – Nancy Willing likes to take on some of the powers that be in  areas such as the environment, with some content focusing on Newark.  The blog was part of the effort to halt the Data Centers project that included a power plant.

Kilroy’s  Delaware – A blog with a focus on education that provides news and commentary on efforts to turn around the state’s public education system.

Newark Residents Alliance  – No Newark Power Plant  leaders Amy Roe and Jen Wallace have their web and writing  skills on display with a community website that casts a critical eye on city government. Those who supported the data center project and took offense at the tactics of Roe and Wallace  may find the URL of the group (http://newarkrap.org) amusing.

Pass the Sushi – A foodie website.

Rehoboth Foodie – If you dine in Sussex County, this  blog is worth reading. Reviews on nearly every restaurant in the coastal area.

Second Helpings – The News Journal food blog may be its most popular. Emails with questions and suggestions keep the site livelier.

Town Square Delaware – A high-quality commentary site featuring columnists in areas such as arts, sports and politics.

HYPERLOCALS

Hyperlocals are news sites that cover a community or subject area. Many sprung up after local newspapers went out of business or cut back coverage. Delaware has not seen the growth in hyperlocals, seen in New Jersey and to some extent Pennsylvania and Maryland.

That may be due to sprawl in the state that leads to many communities without a central core. Some hyperlocals have blogging features that include links to content from other media.  This website is an example of a hyperlocal with some features of a blog. Business models range from hobbyists to non-profits and sites supported by advertising.

Chadds Ford Live – A comprehensive look at local news in the area just north of the Delaware line.

Cecil Scene – Excellent sports coverage, along with some news and features in the county bordering New Castle.

Chestertown Spy – A digital age hyperlocal in the historic Eastern Shore community  covers the waterfront and a lot more.

Delaware Public Media – Delaware’s Dover-based  National Public Radio affiliate has maintained a hyperlocal presence with solid coverage  of government and other news areas.

Milford Live – The hyperlocal boom never  hit Delaware, but this pioneering venture, with a website and the weekly Milford Review weekly electronic newspaper,  has carved out a solid niche in an area with two weekly print  newspapers.

Newsworks Delaware – A part of the WHYY hyperlocal website that covers other areas of the Delaware Valley. Original reporting and video are added on a daily basis.

Technical.ly Delaware – A part of a regional digital technology site that also has a presence in Philadelphia, Brooklyn and Baltimore.  The site has original feature stories and reporting on the Delaware technology scene.

Unionville Times – A part of an ambitious effort to build a network of hyperlocal sites in sprawling Chester County, Pa., which saw the closing of print weekly newspapers as Journal Register,  struggled with a crushing debt load and a sharp downturn in print advertising.  Unlike many hyperlocals, the sites are adding high school sports to their news offerings. Starting with the Unionville Times,  the parent company has added the Kennett Times, The Times of Chester County and  Coatesville Times

 

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  1. Will Webber November 5, 2014 Reply

    “Hunger Games” paints an interesting picture. GREAT words to share your perceptions. Thank you, Doug.

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