Word in Black is Powered by WordPress and History

I share a lot of details about start-ups here at KinshiPress, but here’s a very different angle on WordPress publishing.

The Center for Cooperative Media does a lot of work to support publishers and they have just published an interview with Andrew Ramsammy about “Word in Black”.

Word in Black is a collaborative effort between 10 Black publishers that share a strong and historic legacy. Several of these publishers are over 100 years old!

Here are the Word in Black group members. Almost all of them rely on WordPress.

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The Institute for Nonprofit News and their WordPress Work

One of the reasons I started KinshiPress is I believe there’s an emerging ecosystem of exciting publishing start-ups.

Many of these publishers started around 2020, are non-profit or owned by the journalists, and almost all use WordPress.

A new ecosystem must have supporting organizations, and for these emerging publishers, few are more supportive than INN (Institute for Nonprofit News).

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PaywallProject is a Newspack Alternative for Local News Publishers

At the beginning of 2022, Tyler Channel published a short two minute video to Twitter. The video was elegantly done and introduced The Welch News, a small newspaper in West Virginia.

That video led to a detailed article in WPTavern with more background on the newspaper and Tyler’s work.

Tyler runs PaywallProject and tried to keep newspapers like The Welch News in business. He offers a more affordable alternative to Newspack, which is run by Automattic.

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MediaNews Group is Embracing WordPress But Dropping Comments

MediaNews Group is a major publishing group across the United States. They own over 100 newspapers and 200 other publications.

Their newspapers reach from California (Orange Country Register and Marin Independent Journal) to Florida (Orlando Sentinel and Sun Sentinel). They’re also all across the Midwest (Twin Cities Pioneer Press and Morning Sun) and the North East (Pilot Online and The Saratogian).

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