Baltimore blogs and online sources
This month we have been exploring Baltimore’s most important issues as covered by four major types of news media. We've reviewed coverage by newspapers, magazines and wire services. We've watched the television news. And we've tuned in to Baltimore’s radio outlets.
Baltimore's blogosphere includes a wide range of views and voices. Dozens of bloggers weigh in on local issues, and some cover single topics with admirable focus and consistency, such as Baltimore Crime and Baltimore Slumlord Watch.
There are also websites that have matured into important news-gathering operations. Amibitious sites like Baltimore Brew and Investigative Voice are focusing on traditional news reporting in a new medium. What Weekly and Bmore Media are using blends of text, audio, photography and video to capture Baltimore's innovation.
Big plans for the Inner Harbor
Much of the news and opinion writing last week revolved around a development project announced by the Greater Baltimore Committee. The plan, which includes major private-sector commitments, has provoked quite a few follow-up stories and some sharp debate.
Here are some examples of online coverage and opinion-writing on downtown development:
- New Baltimore arena could be privately built if state kicks in $400 million for convention center - Maryland Reporter
- Taking Baltimore's Inner Harbor to the next level - CityBizList Baltimore
- Super-sized convention center: a meal Baltimore could skip? - Baltimore Brew
- City May Have to Refuse New Arena Deal - North Baltimore Patch
City, state and local politics receive a lot of passionate attention from Baltimore's bloggers and online sources. There are many politically focused blogs and even a political podcast (Red Maryland Radio), but debate is a recurring feature of just about every online media outlet in Baltimore. Here are some interesting contributions from last week:
- Remington 25th St. Station Jobs Going To Out-Of-State Contractors - Mobtown Shank
- Q&A with U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes - Baltimore Fishbowl
- O'Malley Whiffs on Christie RGGI Criticism - Red Maryland
- Baltimore City Mayoral Race 2011: Hope can’t vote… - Baltimore Examiner
- Bi-Weekly Political Roundup: More Sex Scandals Edition - The Baltimore Chop
- The Buy-Out - Maryland Public Policy Institute Blog
- Shriver & Schwarzenegger's Baltimore Love Story - Splice Today
Baltimore's schools have been a constant source of news and comment during our news hunt this month. Online sources bring to the fore unfiltered expert perspectives (like this post from the Open Society Institute's blog) and the views of parents. The Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance blog gives parents a chance to talk about their kids' schools. A parent deeply involved in the city's public charter school movement shares her knowledge at her blog. At a new online publication called Baltimore Fishbowl, another parent reflects on the demands of the college admissions circus.
Other online stories of interest
- Paid Back - City Council president votes against giving back-pay to accused city firefighter - Investigative Voice
- Dundalk Man Served in Army, Marines and Navy - Dundalk Patch
- Then and Now: Lutherville Station Shopping Center - Lutherville-Timonium Patch
- Maryland pushes ahead on implementating health care reform - Maryland Reporter
- State Trooper Gave 'Ultimate Gift' - Pikesville Patch
- Proposal for pension funding change draws criticism - Maryland Reporter
- Summer Slide. You Know It's a Bad Thing - Baltimore 21201
- 'Uh..Line?' A N00b Dips His Toes in Acting - Unsung Baltimore
- We Do It For The Kids - Splice Today
- Acclaimed author Beverly Lowry falls for Baltimore - Baltimore Fishbowl
As you can see from the sources above, there is no shortage of online news and opinion in Baltimore. There is also a lot of diversity in this online ecosystem: a state whose politics are dominated by Democrats has a strong undercurrent of conservative opinion; urban neighborhoods and small suburban communities have their own town criers; and, even as impassioned amateurs make important contributions, there are now full-time professionals delivering news and opinion online.
Later this week, look for our blog post summing up the lessons and insights we've collected throughout this monthlong hunt for news about Baltimore's most important issues. In the meantime, please feel free to share your thoughts on this city's very interesting media landscape. You can also rate and review sources on NewsTrust Baltimore.