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We’re Part Of LION Publishers For Another Year!

3 Feb , 2023  

By 1812Blockhouse

News arrived this week that 1812Blockhouse’s membership in LION Publishers has been approved for another year.

LION Publishers is the country’s leading consortium of independent news publishers that are providing a creative response to the decline of traditional publications. According to its website, its mission is expressed this way: “LION provides teaching, resources and community to independent news entrepreneurs as they build and develop sustainable businesses.”

At present there are approximately 450 LION members. Each applies on an annual basis to continue their membership. Members receive a variety of benefits including coaching and funding opportunities, award eligibility, ability to engage in peer support networks, and more.

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Mansfield Quest Launches This Spring In Downtown Mansfield

1 Feb , 2023  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s Richland County’s first online adventure game. A brand-new version of Mansfield Quest returns this spring to a computer or phone near you.

This new edition will be available to all of our Newsroom Members. Each month, we will be featuring a Quest centered on a particular location in the city of Mansfield. For anyone who completes all five Quests, a unique prize is on offer.

Our first game this spring will focus on the history of downtown Mansfield. Participants will have the opportunity to visit local landmarks, make observations, learn about the past, and answer questions which unlock the next puzzle in their Mansfield Quest.

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Happy New Year From 1812Blockhouse!

31 Dec , 2022  

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 2022.

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 Monday, January 2.

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

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Our Christmas Schedule

22 Dec , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There’s three days until Christmas, and only one day until what is predicted to be a nasty storm.

 With those two days in mind, we are sharing our plans for the Christmas weekend.

To maximize family time, we will be operating as normal through Saturday morning.  We will then continue to update Richland News and Richland Tweets, but otherwise we will not be posting again until Monday morning.

Next week will include our most read stories of 2022.

If there is important breaking local news during that period of time, including about the storm, we will do our best to get online and update the site.

In the meantime, please let us wish your family – and all of north central Ohio – a happy and blessed Christmas.

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

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Tomorrow Is A Double Celebration

7 Sep , 2022  

By Thomas Palmer, 1812Blockhouse Publisher

What’s better than a birthday party? Celebrating a birth on the same day, that’s what!

September 8 is a banner day around these parts. Way back in 2016, it was the date chosen for the launch of 1812Blockhouse, which has been published consistently since then.

Over 6,200 stories have been shared during those six years and, with an average of 5 to 10 links a day to stories from other local media, we have been a place where readers have been able to access tens of thousands of posts about Richland County.

Along the way, of course, we grew a bit. 1808Delaware came along to serve Delaware and Delaware County. As it so happens, 1812 and 1808 are very different animals that serve a readership that has strong and divergent preferences on how they get their news.

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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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