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Help us map Duluth’s media ecosystem

I teach journalism at UMD and one of the things I’m interested in is learning how information flows through a community. I’m writing to ask for your help with a project.

Here’s the background: Lots of smart people agree that one of the assets of a community is its storytelling networks: Strong, healthy communities have lots of ways for people to share their stories. The term media ecosystem has been used to describe the increasingly complex ways that people in a community exchange information. This can include third places, where people meet and talk to their neighbors about things that are going on in their community; community bulletin boards where information about everything from lost cats to upcoming events are posted. Obviously, it also includes more and more online channels such as this very website.

So, here’s what we’re going to do. One of my journalism classes is going to try to catalog all the forms of “media” we can find and think of in Duluth. So, this will obviously include all the professional media outlets that reach this community, but I’d like your help in finding the lesser-known channels. It could be a small neighborhood newsletter, like The Hillsider, for example, or maybe it’s a local blogger who writes about issues — say Astro Bob’s excellent blog as an example. It might also include community-based groups, CHUM for example, that put out issues relevant to their work.

We’re eventually going to try to take this information and create some kind of directory of the information. Now it’s your turn. Got any you think should be on our list? Hit reply and add it. Thanks.

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21 Comment(s)


    De man | Apr 3, 2013 | New Comment
  2. An element of PDD that isn’t particularly well maintained but exists nonetheless is its Duluth Guides, which include lists and links for:

    Broadcast Television Stations
    Periodicals and Online News
    Radio Stations

    Some of those are covered in your links above and some are not, but anyway, there are three cataloged categories for you.

    Paul Lundgren | Apr 3, 2013 | New Comment
  3. Thanks Paul. That’s fantastic.

    jhatcher | Apr 3, 2013 | New Comment
  4. Reddit is a great call. Thanks for that.

    I hope I can find some of the lesser known sites in town as well. Last night, for example, I went to a talk on campus and one of the speakers, Joan Peterson, mentioned that she has a blog on gun control issues. I think her site is

    jhatcher | Apr 3, 2013 | New Comment
  5. has some useful information, I look at the events tab when I know I have friends coming from out of town.

    niner | Apr 3, 2013 | New Comment
  6. PDD follows 1,054 Duluthians on Twitter. Check them out for links to their blogs and more.

    Barrett Chase | Apr 3, 2013 | New Comment
  7. Excellent Barrett. I even wondered if you could consider a #hashtag to be a media outlet. On instagram if you search #duluth you can see what’s going on each day. Last week, for example, when the big full moon came up over the lake, that hashtag had lots of views of it from different angles. I can’t decide if this excites or scares me.

    (Of course, you could also just go outside and look at the moon.)

    jhatcher | Apr 3, 2013 | New Comment
  8. If you use the Wayback Machine to look at PDD as it was about five years ago, you’ll see a feature we used to have called Aggregated Links, which was a page aggregating the RSS feeds of dozens of Duluth bloggers. Of course, most of those people have thrown in the towel by now, but you might find some there who are still at it.

    Barrett Chase | Apr 3, 2013 | New Comment
  9. While not specific to Duluth, Aaron Brown’s Blog about the Iron Range has a fair bit of overlap.

    There is also the hashtag on Twitter #dlh that a lot of people use, including myself.

    For a little dose of crazy: DFL Duluth Exposed

    Newsletters include the Whole Foods Co-op Garbanzo Gazette and the St. Louis County Historical Society’s Rootprints.

    Finally, the City of Duluth does do email announcements of their press releases which are fun to get.

    moosetracks | Apr 3, 2013 | New Comment
  10. Thanks “moosetracks.” I actually stumbled across dflduluthexposed and wondered about the author, background, etc. I’d definitely like to have all views represented in our project.

    jhatcher | Apr 3, 2013 | New Comment
  11. Church newsletters, some of which are available online. (Check out Peace Church.)

    wildknits | Apr 3, 2013 | New Comment
  12. Thanks for these great suggestions. I created a Tumblr for this project so, if you have other suggestions, feel free to go there and post information about blogs, websites, and other ways that Duluthians share their stories.

    You can also email me at jhatcher @

    jhatcher | Apr 3, 2013 | New Comment
  13. I like some of these suggestions.

    Here are a couple of purely selfish ones but I think are worthy of some consideration. On Pinterest I have been following many of the “Duluth” boards and curate what I think are the most interesting “pins” at Duluthophilia. A lot of that is just history and nature but there is some news, music and happenings.

    I work at WGZS on Fond du Lac Rez, a scrappy, new 50k watt FM station at 89.1 FM. Our Facebook page is a resource where we will share news and archival interviews. Some interviews go up on my YouTube channel, too. Just search for me, JPRennquist, and you should find it.

    Finally, posts lots of official news and happenings about Fond du Lac Reservation activities, including quite a few things in Duluth itself, such as at CAIR, the Center for American Indian Resources.

    wildgoose | Apr 3, 2013 | New Comment
  14. ^ Just a clarification on that above comment that I posted. I want to disclose that I posted that as silly old me, “wildgoose” the PDD blogger and community organizer-type that many of you have known and loved/despised over the years, not in any sort of official capacity or on behalf of, (or even with the permission of) my employer. Just to mitigate any confusion there.

    wildgoose | Apr 3, 2013 | New Comment
  15. Just to inject a Luddite perspective…. I check out the bulletin boards at Chester Creek Cafe and at the Whole Foods Coop for information.

    Claire | Apr 4, 2013 | New Comment
  16. You might include the Park Point Breeze, our monthly community newsletter. We’re both in a hand delivered print version and on line at

    ParkPointAl | Apr 4, 2013 | New Comment
  17. These are fantastic suggestions. Thank you all so much. And, yes, the physical bulletin boards count — part of the storytelling network.
    And, being someone who tried to put stuff up on bulletin boards for an upcoming event, I can say that there aren’t nearly enough of them and the ones we have aren’t nearly large enough.

    jhatcher | Apr 4, 2013 | New Comment
  18. Well, I am not sure this applies, but a group of my friends and I have just started a local media page titled Higher Base Media. We film and photograph action sports of all different kinds and put our content on our Facebook page:

    wileskws | Apr 4, 2013 | New Comment
  19. Speaking of small posting areas, you might check out the front window of the Positively Third Street bakery.

    Mister Digits | Apr 4, 2013 | New Comment
  20. Nerd Nite Presentations?

    The Minerva Zine?

    Proof Magazine? | Apr 6, 2013 | New Comment
  21. There is a bi-monthly newsletter in the Lester Park/Lakeside area titled Look at Lakeside. It is published in print and online. Print copies can be picked up in the vestibule near the exit at the Lakeside Super One and it is also available online at

    MomAH | Apr 8, 2013 | New Comment

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