Welles Park Bulldog

TaglineNews and sports for Chicago's North Side
Year Founded2009
Type or CoverageGeneral
Business TypeFor-profit
Revenue SourcesLocal Ads
Revenue SourcesDonations
Revenue SourcesEvents
Revenue SourcesMerchandise
Revenue SourcesTraining
Institutional SupportNo Institutional Support
Staff Size (Business)2-5
Staff Size (Editorial)2-5
Active Volunteers11-30
Mappin LocationChicago - Illinois
Principal StaffPatrick Boylan
Principal StaffJane Rickard
DescriptionThe Welles Park Bulldog takes its name from a picturesque public park in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood and delivers insight and opinion on politics culture and sports for a dense stretch of residential and mixed-use boroughs on Chicago’s North Side. The site’s founder and publisher Patrick Boylan first had the idea that would eventually become the Bulldog in 2009. “I had been playing around with the idea of putting out ‘block club’ updates for neighbors to talk about what was happening” says Boylan a Chicago native and Ravenswood resident. He tooled with a PDF newsletter but found that the format didn’t mesh well with platforms such as Facebook which he was intent on utilizing to distribute his publication to residents and businesses in the neighborhood. After releasing a beta version of the site (the product of a short-lived partnership with local media entrepreneur Mike Fourcher who would later go on to publish another community news site the Center Square Journal) Boylan rebooted his online outlet in spring of the next year and the Bulldog was born.
Profile on CJRhttp://www.cjr.org/news_startups_guide/2012/02/welles-park-bulldog.php