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We’re different than those other news sites. Here at 1812Blockhouse, we engage in community-based journalism.

What is community-based journalism, you ask? It’s journalism that places you, the reader, at the forefront of everything we do. We’re the only ones doing this type of work in this part of the world, and you are the direct beneficiary.

These are the hallmarks of community journalism:

  • Our primary content is free to read, as we do not build paywalls to keep people out.
  • We are not tied to large corporations or to well-financed local backing. This gives us independence in content, and allows us to share as much information as possible with our readers.
  • We tell stories that are often ignored about people and places that are sometimes forgotten, including about Richland County’s rich past and how that past can forge a bright future.
  • Importantly, every day we share with you links to the best stories from all local media. Other media share only their own content, while we direct our readers to worthwhile content no matter who publishes it. That makes us the very best place to become informed about the communities of Richland County.

Since 2016, we’ve been publishing community-based journalism and commentary about Mansfield and Richland County.

To remain independent and to put you first, we rely almost entirely on donations from our readers. Your contributions not only keep the lights on; they allow us to compensate our writers, to invest meaningfully in our work and our research, and pursue our mission of making our readers the best-informed in the area.

We ask that you consider supporting local journalism in Richland County by becoming a Newsroom Member at just $5 per month.


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After six months’ support, 1812Blockhouse will donate $30.00 in advertising to go into a fund to benefit nonprofit organizations. We will honor your choice of nonprofit if the organization agrees.

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On behalf of everyone here at 1812Blockhouse and TotalLocal Media, thank you for your support. We welcome your feedback and we’ll strive every day to be worthy of your trust. 1812Blockhouse makes a difference every day because of readers like you.