By 1812Blockhouse; Society of Professional Journalists Press Release
Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest, sponsored by the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) chapters statewide, has announced its 2021 awards. There were 255 awards announced out of 580 entries submitted.
One of our fellow Richland County news publications, the Shelby Daily Globe, took home three of those honors.
The categories include large circulation print (60,000 or greater), small circulation print (fewer than 60,000), radio, television, digital media, trade organizations, freelance and college.More…
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.More…
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.More…
We’re going to be taking a very rare “day off” Friday at 1812Blockhouse, and for good reason.
On Thursday afternoon, we installed brand new hardware designed to make our site bigger, faster, and better. That, in turn, requires us to move over all non-cloud based information from one system to the other.
That is true for the three sites we currently operate. It’s a big operation. More…
On February 21, 1940, 80 years ago today, the Federal Communications Commission authorized radio station WMAN to expand its broadcasting from daylight hours to a 6 AM to Midnight schedule.
Eight decades later, the station is still going strong.
Today, we share “Everything You Always Wanted To Know” about Mansfield’s long-time news and sports source at 1400 AM: More…
By: Thomas Palmer, 1812Blockhouse Owner/Publisher
For the last several months, we have been connected here at 1812Blockhouse with the pacesetting association for independent online news sites across the country, LION Publishers.
It can be great stuff, being part of a team. Joining others with similar interests can provide opportunities to share enthusiasm, best practices, and advice. We have learned much and made new connections, with our Associated Press Report for America coverage being one component of that.
As this sector of the media world grows, LION has chosen to update its membership criteria, and asked each local publication involved to re-apply for membership. We are happy to share that we have been approved to continue our affiliation. More…
The story of The Mansfield Times, which appeared suddenly last year amidst an avalanche of similar sites across the country, continues.
Don’t look for that story on the pages of that publication, however, or else you will be sorely disappointed.
What might be considered Richland County’s newest online news site has been largely dormant for the last several weeks, and its feature story shows a publication date of late September. More…
We doubt that it would come as a surprise that the most-read story of 2020 on 1812Blockhouse would have to do with the COVID-19 pandemic.
It would be difficult to overestimate the impact that that public health crisis has had on north central Ohio and, or course, the rest of the country and world. The largest audience for any single post this year dealt with that topic.
We’ll be talking about that subject a bit later in the week, however we’re beginning the last week of 2020 in a different place. We are first looking at the top stories of the year in terms of site traffic that dealt with subjects other than the Coronavirus.
Those most-read posts cover a wide range of subjects. In no particular order, they were: More…
The next handful of days will see a couple of big changes here at 1812Blockhouse.
You might call it a bit of a Christmas present, both for our readers and for ourselves.
First, we are launching our first official enewsletter later this week. It’s called “Richland Roast,” and it’s a one-of-a-kind digital product that builds on 1812Blockhouse’s mission of combining our original reporting while bringing our readers posts from all Richland County media. More…
Today, we’re sharing our 1812Blockhouse Annual Report for 2020 with the Richland County community. You will find it below. For a full size version, click the “2020 Annual Report” link underneath the image.
This has been a powerfully different year for all of us. In the midst of it, local news sites like ours have had to pivot and become instant experts in new fields.
We’ve done our best to meet the community’s need for information — not only through our coverage, but through connecting readers with important stories published in other local media. More…
By Thomas Palmer, 1812Blockhouse Owner/Publisher
Not only is the entire world reeling from the impact of the pandemic, but it has impacted things close to home as well. Richland County schools, businesses, local governments, churches, and more are facing unique and difficult scenarios on a daily basis. People are struggling with illness and uncertainty everywhere you look.
Here at 1812Blockhouse, the specter of COVID-19 struck about a week and a half ago and became all too real. It’s a long story, but suffice it to say that it prompted not only concerns, but was part of what prompted a week-long hospital stay — something completely out of the blue. More…
Here’s another post in our short series that we’re calling “Under the Hood.”
Last week, we started with a look at our Richland News section on 1812Blockhouse. Specifically, we shared the process of how we select media posts to link to each morning.
We continue today with a look at why Richland News is a part of this site, and why we believe that this part of what makes us unique also makes us an invaluable resource for Richland Countians.
As we do so, we’re going to name drop by referring to, of all people, Santa Claus. More…
We’re starting a short series today on 1812Blockhouse that we’re calling “Under the Hood.”
There’s not a great deal of mechanical ability here at 1812Blockhouse, truth be told. A series entitled “Under the Hood,” therefore, is certainly not going to be about automobile repair or anything of that nature.
Instead, we’re going to pass along, from time to time, some of the behind the scenes activities here and also a bit about why we do what we do.
Today, that means the first of a two-part look at Richland News, a feature on the home page of 1812Blockhouse on desktop and at the very top of the site on mobile, immediately following the featured stories. Richland News is actually one of the key ways that our site differs from most other news sites in the country. More…
By 1812Blockhouse Owner/Publisher Thomas Palmer
I remember well the day that the switch was flipped and 1812Blockhouse was suddenly live.
As I look back on it, I realize that I was not really ready for that to take place. On an early September evening, however, I received word that my great nephew had been born, a truly important moment for the Palmer family. What better time, I thought, to bring something else to life?
My great nephew, by the way, turns 4 on Tuesday and starts preschool this week. As this is the closest weekend to the 8th, this is when we are choosing to celebrate that milestone. Welcome to our 4,836th post.
1812Blockhouse bears a strong resemblance to the site that went live that day. Above and to the right is an early screenshot of the site dating from November 2017. We used to go with a single feature story each day, as this demonstrates, until we found out that that format does not render as well in mobile. More…
Mansfield has a new online news site.
Well, in a way it does.
In the last five years, Richland County has seen the closing of one weekly newspaper, the Bellville Star, and the arrival of a new independent online news site, 1812Blockhouse. Other than that, the media scene has been rather stable with daily and weekly print publications, as well as another independent online site and a TV/online newsroom, continuing to operate.
A newcomer has possibly joined that mix. More…