January is the month when The Cincinnati Nation – this city’s outstanding web newspaper – turns ten years old.
If you think that The Huffington Post is the first web site to gather headlines and stories from various publications and put them all in one convenient place, think again. Rick Hines, who owes CincyNation, is the one who started this concept.
Not only in Cincinnati but in other cities throughout the country, Hines was truly the pioneer with this headline type of approach. Other sites have simply followed his lead. Hines also looks over the national HinesSight web page.
Being successful over the past ten years here doesn’t mean there hasn’t been controversy along the way. Hines has sometimes been accused of being too negative on Cincinnati – something I know a little bit about myself. Some here only want to hear cheerleading and good news and never ever hear anything bad about our city or face some hard realities.
In my view, this is the beauty of CincyNation. You get the realities.
When things are going right in the city, Hines is quick to point that out – but when things are going wrong, like the streetcar mess or the lazy reporting by the Cincinnati Enquirer, he doesn’t hesitant to put in his two cents. He’s not afraid to express an opinion. Perhaps we need a little bit more of that around here.
So happy birthday CincyNation. I hope Hines and company are around for at least a dozen more decades.
(Graphic from Google)