• Oscar Grant and the Start of Oakland Local

    The impetus for starting Oakland Local was the murder of Oscar Grant. I’d always thought many people in Oakland lacked a media outlet–blog or news site–that reflected who they were and what they cared about–but I’d always felt like starting one myself was more than I wanted to take on.  Did I have the focus… Continue Reading

  • Quote of the Day

    “ There is a consistent set of themes explored in Gaga’s videos, with the three most notable strands being: the intersection of sex, mortality, and public image; the ambiguity and blurring of sexuality and gender roles; and pop music and its attendant fame as an infectious, devouring monster. These themes are bound and unified by… Continue Reading

  • Web Hosts: Who do you like?

    Our web host for Oakland Local is flaking on us bit time, so I asked for recommendations that people liked. Here’s what I have so far: Dharmishta   @susanmernit I <3 mediatemple–I’ve called them day and night and they’re always helpful. about 3 hours ago from TweetDeck Reply Retweet bLaKtivist    @susanmernit Hey NY transplant… Continue Reading

  • Quote of the Day

    “Being broke and growing up in a not exactly small, but not exactly book friendly city, these reviews were often as close as I got to the books themselves and it was comforting to know that somewhere out there were folks that got off on that new novel smell just as much as I did.… Continue Reading

  • Are you a female founder w/ a success to share?

    Are you a female entrepreneur or small business person who launched something new in 2009? Let’s chronicle your successes and celebrate them. Use the form to add the following: your full name, company name, company link or relevant article and twitter name. We’ll share the results across the web. Loading…

  • My dog has cancer

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  • Categorizing news sites: feedback for Michele

    Michele McLellan‘s got a post about the types of news organizations she sees emerging from the ashes of the newspaper/traditional media business that’s worth some feedback. Michele says that one type of site is the big ones—such as MinnPost, Voice of San Diego, and The Texas Tribune, and what those folks need the most is… Continue Reading