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Solutions Journalism: The Westinghouse Building Part Three

8 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

This is the third post in our current Solutions Journalism series focusing on the Westinghouse Building on Fifth Street in downtown Mansfield.

Over the last two days, we have seen photos from the interior of the building and then looked at a number of programs that connect renovation of older buildings with available funding resources.

The photos we posted on Wednesday can be read in connection with the resources posted Thursday and the story links we share today. Our goal is not to promote a specific end, but instead we hope to share a reminder that opportunity exists in almost every situation. These powerful economic tools have been used across Ohio and the country for remarkable community development projects. They can also capture resources that cannot be replicated. Below are stories of large-scale former manufacturing facilities in Ohio that have been transformed or hope to be using these tools.

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Richland Roast Still Percolating

30 Mar , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Each morning, hundreds of Richland Countians get a compact digest of the latest news from all local media – and from media across the country that cover Richland County stories.

They do so via Richland Roast, 1812Blockhouse’s free, easy to read morning newsletter that arrives via email.

“It’s proven to be hugely popular,” noted Thomas Palmer, 1812Blockhouse publisher. “There is no better way to catch up on all local news and information each day, including our own coverage and stories. We have some great reporting in the area, but it is spread out over multiple publications. With Richland Roast, you can get a daily digest with direct links to the best of that coverage.”

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A Quick Guide To 1812Blockhouse Series

7 Feb , 2022  

By: 1812Blockhouse – UPDATED

In the years that 1812Blockhouse has been live, we have launched several “series.”

Some we have continued throughout that time. Others we have launched and paused for a bit after several stories have been posted. You may well see at least one of those series come back and we are planning  new series in the coming weeks. More…

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1812Blockhouse Continues Membership In LION Publishers

29 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Good news can sometimes come on the coldest days.

On Friday, we learned here at 1812Blockhouse that our application for renewal a member of LION Publishers, an important association of independent news publishers and publications across the country, had been approved.

This is the second full year that we will be part of that organization.

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Welcome To A New Year. Welcome To The Possible Future Of Local Media.

3 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse with content by Anyword

Welcome to 2022!

Here is something brand new for a brand new year. Perhaps for the first time in the history of Richland County news media (as far as we are aware, that is), you are currently reading a published non-sports story which was partially written by a machine.

Could this be part of the future of local media?

It already is.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere, and it can be used to do just about anything. Nowadays, your phone isn’t even fully usable without some sort of AI like Siri or Google Assistant to help you navigate it. But you may be surprised to learn that AI is also being used by the news media to help with their reporting efforts. So what does this mean for the future of the news media?

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Happy New Year From 1812Blockhouse!

31 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse — who else?

After almost 900 posts, 2,500 links to stories from other local media, and countless lessons learned, we’re ready to say good-bye to 2021.

As we do so, we’re taking a day off so that Saturday can be a day of family, football, food, and of looking ahead. We will see you again on Sunday, January 2.

We will also be updating Richland Tweets on Saturday, although we suspect that the “tweetflow” will be reduced as locals celebrate the holiday.

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2021 Top Stories: COVID In Schools And A Dramatic Demolition

31 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This week we have been looking back at ten of the most read posts on 1812Blockhouse during 2021. Below are the final two stories that fit that description.

Our first two stories can be found here, the second set here, and the third set here, and the fourth set here.

A few things about this list. First, it does not include any posts in our series, such as Richland Roots or Literary Mansfield. In fact, one of our Landmarks of Mansfield series posts was the second-most read post of the year!

These are shared in chronological order, not by number of views.

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2021 Top Stories: Downtown Mansfield Renovation And A Powerful Crime Story

30 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This week we are looking back at ten of the most read posts on 1812Blockhouse during 2021. Below are two more of those stories, both of which were published in March.

Our first two stories can be found here, the second set here, and the third set here.

A few things about this list. First, it does not include any posts in our series, such as Richland Roots or Literary Mansfield. In fact, one of our Landmarks of Mansfield series posts was the second-most read post of the year!

These are shared in chronological order, not by number of views.

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2021 Top Stories: In February, Readers Loved Stories About Birds And Downtown Shelby

28 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This week we are looking back at ten of the most read posts on 1812Blockhouse during 2021. Below are two more of those stories, both of which were published in February.

Our first two stories can be found here.

A few things about this list. First, it does not include any posts in our series, such as Richland Roots or Literary Mansfield. In fact, one of our Landmarks of Mansfield series posts was the second-most read post of the year!

These are shared in chronological order, not by number of views.

As always, we thank you, 1812Blockhouse readers, for making this site possible.

Among the most read stories of the last 12 months were the following. Click on either for the original post.

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2021 Top Stories: January Included Both Good And Bad News

27 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This week we are looking back at ten of the most read posts on 1812Blockhouse during 2021. Below are the first two of those stories.

A few things about this list. First, it does not include any posts in our series, such as Richland Roots or Literary Mansfield. In fact, one of our Landmarks of Mansfield series posts was the second-most read post of the year!

These are shared in chronological order, not by number of views.

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What A Year It Was! This Week We Look Back At 2021

26 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

There was a note of optimism in the air as the year 2020 wound to a close. The “Year of COVID” was over, we collectively sighed, and we hoped that 2021 would bring a lessening of the virus’ effect.

There were rumors of vaccines coming online. Local governments were given an extension to spend federal “CARES” monies, and many businesses and individuals were sure to benefit. Life had begun a painfully slow return to normal.

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Christmas In North Central Ohio Is Here!

15 Nov , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s our gift to our readers this holiday season — it’s the 2021 edition of “Christmas in North Central Ohio.

We have taken a trip up and down and around the internet, looking for happenings and events that celebrate the season in Ashland, Crawford, and Richland Counties. Once we found them, we collected links and organized them by date. We have to post this early as planning becomes awfully important this time of the year.

It’s now available and easy to find on 1812Blockhouse — just look for the link in our Richland News section.

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It’s Now Easier Than Ever To Send Us News, Notices, And Photos

12 Nov , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Do you have information to share about an event your organization is sponsoring? Does your group, church, club, or musical act have news about something exciting and new that others might find interesting? Is there a story about a family member, friend, or acquaintance that you find worth sharing?

We’ve just made it much easier to do this and reach 1812Blockhouse’s rapidly growing audience for Richland County news and information.

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Meanwhile, Five Years Later…

7 Sep , 2021  

By Thomas Palmer, 1812Blockhouse Owner/Publisher

Wednesday marks five years to the day since 1812Blockhouse went live.

It wasn’t really planned that way. I had been working on a new site for several weeks after months of looking at what was happening in the world of local digital media, all while I waited for a two year territorial agreement with Richland Source to expire.

What I had found, by the way, was that for all of the hoopla afforded the next generation of local news sites around the country, digital-only operations seemed to walk and talk and look and read almost exactly the same as their newspaper counterparts in how they gathered news and organized that information for readers. The only exceptions were backed by very deep pockets which allowed for experimentation not tied to a bottom line.

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1812Blockhouse Newsletter Readership Growing

1 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

When Richland Roast, 1812Blockhouse’s weekday free “e newsletter,” started earlier this year we hoped to tap into the area’s strong interest in becoming and staying informed.

Before we began, we took the opportunity to gain insight into how newsletters can fit into a news operation. As a member of LION Publishers, the country’s leading consortium of local, independent, online news operations (hence the name), we learned from examples and ideas from other sites.

That shared, we also wanted to know what would work locally. A local Mansfield-based marketing consultant was gracious in freely sharing some insights that proved valuable in choosing a direction for the publication.

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