Sources of CityPages’ Blotter Stories

I thought it might be fun to take a look at where CityPages’ Blotter stories originate. To do this, I mined through 3 months of CityPages Blotter stories that were later dugg on Digg.com and logged who the Blotter was riffing off (that’s riFFing):

Sources of CityPages Blotter Stories on Digg

The blue slice represents original work. These are often multi-page slide shows. After that, the Pioneer Press’ site tops the chart. Quite a few Wisconsin newspaper sites make the list since they’re good fodder for the shallow “someone in Wisconsin got drunk and did something stupid” stories that appear regularly on Blotter.

Overall, it seems like they’ve built a decent reblog mill based around snarking up mainstream news stories for cheap traffic.

Here’s the full list of sources with story count:

Source Stories
Original 19
TwinCities.com 13
StarTribune 9
Duluth News Tribune 6
KSTP 6
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 5
PR 4
Appleton Post-Crescent 3
La Crosse Tribune 3
KARE11 2
MPR 2
Rochester Post-Bulletin 2
Brookfield Now 1
CPSC 1
Des Moines Register 1
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram 1
Flickr 1
FOX Chattanooga 1
FOX9 1
Metblogs.com 1
Minnesota Public Radio 1
Politico 1
Post Crescent 1
Sheboygan Press 1
TalkingPointsMemo 1
TheHill.com 1
todaystmj4.com 1
Uncited 1
USNews.com 1
wauwatosanow.com 1
WCCO 1
West Central Tribune 1
Winona Daily News 1
WQOW 1

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