By Dennis Hetzel, Executive Director
The ONA Board of Trustees has approved a new collegiate member and its first “digital-only” member, a local news website in the Cincinnati suburb of Loveland.
The new collegiate member is The Carroll News at John Carroll University, in University Heights, Ohio. The digital-only member is “Loveland Magazine” which can be found at www.LovelandMagazine.com.
In February 2013, ONA members approved bylaws changes that allow digital-only local news providers to apply for membership subject to board approval and satisfaction of a number of standards designed to ensure that they follow the standards and practices of the industry, such as regularly providing and updating unique news content and not being primarily an aggregator of other’s content or simply an outlet to promote a specific cause.
Site owner David Miller said he actually started on the print side – “at age 11, throwing the carefully folded and rubber-band wrapped Cincinnati Post to front porches from a bicycle he pieced together.”
Miller said he began the website in 2004. He provided the following account to the ONA:
Loveland Magazine (LM) was first published in March 2004. Since that time, the online newspaper has published more than 9,000 stories. It all began one night the previous October when Miller could not find out when the Loveland High School homecoming parade would be held.
“I said to myself that night that whether you wanted to attend it or avoid it, there needed to be some place for local folks to find this kind of information,” says Miller. “I wanted to attend the parade, but it was also important information for the whole community, that needed to be easily found.”
The first item published was a photo of a turkey vulture flying over the Little Miami, the state and nationally designated “Scenic River” that flows through the heart of the community. “Looking back many times over the years, I have contemplated what significance there is in why the vulture was first,” says Miller. “I still don’t have an answer.”
Another story that was published the first week was about where to find the lowest priced gas in Loveland. Consumers could save 10 cents a gallon at Kroger where regular gas was selling for $1.69.
“So this tells you we have been around for a while now,” says Miller.