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…
Note: We experienced a bit of a glitch over the last two or three days, and some of our published stories did not make it to mobile. We are re-posting a couple of them over the next 24 hours; this is the first.
As part of 1812Blockhouse’s coverage of other local media (we believe we’re the only one that does that, by the way), we share news of change at the venerable Mansfield News Journal.
Not a change in the print version, at least as far as we are aware. Instead, we refer instead to recent changes to the News Journal’s online home.
The News Journal on the web has come a long way since this edition which was published on May 2002. For some time, the paper has been owned by Gannett, the country’s largest media chain. This week, the website has been updated with a new design and presentation, one which apparently is being adopted in most if not all Gannett locations. More…
By: Thomas Palmer, 1812Blockhouse Owner/Publisher
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.
Here at 1812Blockhouse, we have now been given that opportunity. This past week, I received notice that our application for membership in LION Publishers has been approved by that body’s governing board. More…
Over three years ago, we here at 1812Blockhouse set out to create something brand new — a place for you, our readers, to find the most information possible about this place that you call home.
How did we go about doing that?
For starters, we made the decision to only include news and information about Richland County and Richland Countians. Clicking on headlines to discover if they have local relevance isn’t needed on 1812Blockhouse. Ever. More…
Former WMFD-TV anchor/reporter Brigitte Coles has recently launched a new online interview show called Turn Up the Volume. The show is produced by Brian Skowronski of OH Report, and is available through the OH Report website and Youtube page, in addition to being shared on social media. More…
Emphasizing that “elections should be about voters, not candidates,” local media site Richland Source has set out on a unique journey for the fall.
It’s a three-part path. First, it’s about listening, as Richland Source representatives convene voter meetings in each of Mansfield’s wards to allow attendees to share priorities and views on city issues during guided discussions. Second, it’s about moderating the conversation between candidates in the form of the Mansfield Mayoral Debate on October 17 at the Renaissance Theatre, using collected voter input as a guide. And lastly, it’s about sharing a compendium of discussion from those ward meetings with those elected to office in November. More…
You might not realize it, but at this very moment you are reading a post on a local news and information website that differs from almost every other such site in the country.
When the switch was flipped back on September 8, 2016, Richland County became the very first small to mid-sized media market in America (that we knew of or know of) with a site committed to keeping its readers informed not only through its own news coverage, but also by actually pointing readers to local news covered by other media as well. Each day since, we have not only done our own reporting, but we have featured links to stores on WMFD, the Mansfield News Journal, Richland Source, and to social media posts from dozens of other local governments, organizations, churches, and businesses to create a one-stop information center.
It has now been three years since 1812Blockhouse went live. Over 3,700 posts, 50,000 shared links, and millions of views later, that goal of creating informed readers remains at the very heart of what we do. More…
The news which everyone expected arrived on Monday. GateHouse is acquiring Gannett, creating a new company (called Gannett) which will own over 250 newspapers across the country in some 47 states. Those include three news operations in north central Ohio – the Mansfield News Journal, Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum, and Marion Star.
That represents, by the way, more than one-sixth of all daily newspapers that remain in publication. More…
According to many reports over the last few weeks, two of the country’s powerhouse media companies — GateHouse and Gannett — are in deep conversation with a likely merger on their minds.
Actually, the former of those two would be doing the gobbling up, not the latter. A good analysis of the discussion can be found here.
What, one might ask, could such a merger mean for Richland County? It’s a question well worth asking. More…
In a Thursday announcement shared on its website, The Bellville Star announced that its Thursday edition was its last in print format.
According to the post, which can be read here, Bellville News will begin to appear in the Galion Inquirer online and in a supplement on Wednesdays. The Bellville Star website will also be re-directed to that of the Inquirer, which is at: www.galioninquirer.com. More…
We’re always looking for better ways to bring you the best collection of news and information each day about Richland County and Richland Countians.
With that goal in mind, we’re making a change to our news cycle. More…