Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Kevin Roderick of LA OBSERVED Looks Back Upon What Eric Richardson and blogdowntown did for Downtown Los Angeles.

LA's Main Media Observer, Kevin Roderick of LA Observed, appropriately is the first major media source to reflect upon KPCC's abrupt shutdown of Eric Richardson's blogdowntown.  And starting with this weekend's walking tours of Historic Downtown LA - the place where Eric lived and created blogdowntown will be added to the tour.
photo of Blogdowntown's short lived print edition courtesy of LA Observed

Blogdowntown is folding into the KPCC mainstream
By Kevin Roderick | August 27, 2013 11:52 PM
Blogdowntown was started by Eric Richardson in 2005 to chronicle the community where he wanted to live. Richardson created and coded the backend of the blog, built a community of readers who relied on his independence, and experimented with different funding models, including nonprofit status for awhile. As he was doing the blog, DTLA become a hot story. Richardson became, I think somewhat to his surprise, a journalist. Blogdowntown published writers and photographers such as Ed Fuentes and became a go-to online observer of the downtown transformation.
He briefly tried breaking into print, but that was harder than he realized going in. Less than two years ago, Blogdowntown wasacquired by KPCC, and Richardson worked at the station for awhile before moving out of state. Hayley Fox has kept the blog's content going, but today KPCC announced (somewhat tersely) that it will fold into the station's other web coverage.

The rest of Kevin's story can be found here at LA Observed.

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