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August 8, 2009

Brooklyn Paper, Courier-Life synergy (and more) leads to BoroPolitics.com

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Local media has played a significant role in the Atlantic Yards fight, so it's logical that Norman Oder notes with interest the launching of BoroPolitics.com by the Community Newspaper Group.

First came the occasional appearance of articles by Courier-Life writers in the Brooklyn Paper, and vice versa. Now comes more synergy.

From the Brooklyn Paper: Local political junkies finally have a place to call their own on the Web.

On Friday, the Community Newspaper Group — of which this newspaper is a part — will launch BoroPolitics.com, the Internet’s only Web site devoted solely to politics, elections, issues and races in Brooklyn, The Bronx and Queens.

Notably, the web site seems based on the Brooklyn Paper's modern web design, rather than the Courier-Life's less successful yournabe.com.

As for "devoted," let's say that's a work in progress. Coverage, for example, of the 35th District campaign seems quit thin, given that only one article, from the Brooklyn Paper, is included. I know there are articles from the Courier-Life, but apparently they haven't yet been added.

Also, the repackaging of content has its flaws. For example, an article on the BoroPolitics.com web site about Senator Chuck Schumer's endorsement of Steve Levin in the 33rd Council District race has none of the comments, critical and supportive, attached to the original article on the Brooklyn Paper's web site.

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Posted by steve at August 8, 2009 7:36 AM