Sports

Richland County Sportswriters Recognized

14 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield and Richland County were well represented when the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Contest Award winners were announced on Thursday.

In fact, Richland Source’s Curt Conrad was named the 2021 OPSWA Sportswriter of the Year for Division 1 publications (Division 1 includes publications with over 10,000 daily circulation as well as websites). The Division 2 award was made to another north central Ohioan, Rob McCurdy of the Marion Star.

Other awards won in Division 1 by Richland Countians included:

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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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All Things Business

News Journal Staff Nominated For Multiple Writing Awards

14 Feb , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Finalists have been announced in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors 2021 broadcast and newspaper contests, according to the Ohio APME. The awards in actual order of finish will be announced April 3 in Columbus along with the General Excellence, Hall of Fame, Rising Star and First Amendment award winners.

Forty-eight daily newspapers submitted 1,302 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2021. Entries were judged by editors from The Detroit News and The Detroit Free Press, Division V; The Grand Haven (Michigan) Tribune, Division IV; The McComb Daily (Michigan), Division III; Mount Pleasant (Michigan) Morning Sun, and MLive Media Group, Division II; The Holland (Michigan) Sentinel and the Alpena (Michigan) News, Division I. 

The Mansfield News Journal was recognized with multiple finalists, including:

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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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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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All About Richland

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: WMAN Radio

21 Oct , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

On February 21, 1940, 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…

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All About Richland

Shelby Daily Globe Wins Three Statewide Journalism Awards

8 Sep , 2021  

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.

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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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See You On Saturday!

26 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

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…

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Great News: 1812Blockhouse Renews Membership With LION Publishers

4 Feb , 2021  

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…

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All About Richland

The Mansfield Times Story Continues

11 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

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…

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Our Most-Read Stories Of 2020: The Non-COVID-19 Edition

28 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

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…

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Introducing Richland Roast And A New Richland News

21 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

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…

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