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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Non-Profit News Publishers Are Growing Quickly in 2023

I’ve talked often about the work of INN (Institute for Nonprofit News) regularly here on KinshiPress.

INN is a fascinating organization because they’re building a community of innovative publishers including many start-ups. And those publishers almost all use WordPress. In fact, INN has long encouraged their members to move to WordPress, even running their own WordPress hosting service at one point.

For six years now, INN has produced an annual report on the nonprofit news sector. We covered their 2022 report here.

I write here at KinshiPress because I believe there’s an exciting new publishing movement in the US. INN has the best data to back that up.

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Block Club Chicago is Now 5 Years Old

Last year, we covered Block Club Chicago, which is a WordPress-based news start-up.

They’ve now reached their 5th birthday and have one of the most inspiring stories in new U.S. journalism.

I dug into the Block Club Chicago story this week and realized I had missed a related development. Block Club’s success is backed by “Lede“, a relatively new WordPress-based platform. Lede was spun out of a big WordPress agency and are helping organizations like Block Club to succeed. They are focused on being a journalism incubator and not simply a platform.

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