VillageSoup is pleased to announce the addition of the Rhode Island-based Block Island Times to its global network of legacy and start-up news enterprises. Block Island joins 12 other news entities that are presently part of the VillageSoup network — the Maine-based Herald Gazette, Republican Journal, Capital Weekly and Bar Harbor Times, as well as Wareham Week in Wareham, Mass., Cape Gazette in southern Delaware, NewsTribune and WLPO-AM 1220 in northern Illinois, The Sports Department in northern Connecticut and the Washington Journal, Mt Pleasant News and Fairfield Ledger in southeast Iowa. This diverse group of local news sources is focused on sustaining professional journalism in the 21st century by redefining the way news and community information is shared in the digital age.

“All newspapers struggle with how to serve the web reader,” says Fraser Lang, publisher of the Block Island Times. “You just can’t take the paper and put it on the web; it doesn’t work that way. The user is different, and they’re going online for a different reason. We looked at a lot of options to help us with this transition, but VillageSoup offered us the first model where we thought ‘these people get it.’ This partnership is going to greatly benefit the community we serve by opening new avenues for advertisers and giving our users an opportunity to be more engaged and access the information that is most relevant to them.”

The Block Island Times was founded in 1970 as a summer publication and became Block Island’s first year-round weekly newspaper and the island’s “paper of record” in 1988. It is a news and advertising source for both the on-island and off-island communities it serves. Block Island is an island of just under 10 square miles located approximately 12 miles south of mainland Rhode Island across Block Island Sound and at the mouth of Long Island Sound. A popular destination for local day trips and long-term visits alike, the island’s population swells with visitors from all over the world during the summer months.

VillageSoup is an independently-owned software company providing publishing tools that help generate participation and revenue not achieved with traditional newspaper operations. The tools support both online and print news formats and integrate content posted by professional journalists, businesses, and community members side-by-side. The VillageSoup platform creates a Digital Main Street that preserves and strengthens the flow of information in urban neighborhoods, suburban villages and exurban towns and generates new revenue for publishers.

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