With recent cuts at the Indy Star and the shocking news that independent media staple Nuvo has published its last print edition, it’s easy to assume that the future of Journalism in Indianapolis is bleak. However, I’d like to think that maybe the ways in which we produce and consume media are simply shifting. 

Rather than relying on the powers that be to tell us what news to pay attention to, maybe it’s time we tell our own stories about our communities. While traditional media that consistently produces quality content is needed in Indy, it is equally important to have media outlets that allow community members to bypass traditional “gatekeepers” that determine what stories should be told.

Indianapolis is full of talented storytellers launching blogs, podcasts, web series and more. As far as print-based journalism goes, there are a number of blogs and media outlets being made by and for the Indianapolis community.

From engaging blogs to news sites, here are some Indy-pendent media sources to follow:

 

Do 317 – do317.com

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While most notable for it’s comprehensive calendar of just about everything happening in Indy, Do 317 is also home to a variety of articles about local history, cool places to visit and more.

 

Be Well Indy – bewellindy.co

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Be Well Indy is a hyperlocal + digital destination devoted to covering the Health and Wellness scene in Indianapolis through a mix of original and user-generated content.

 

PEOPLE’S PRESS INDY – peoplespressindy.org

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People’s Press Indy calls itself a “Democratic, collaborative media source for Indy and beyond.”

 

Face A Face Collective – fafcollective.com

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Face A Face Collective is an online arts and news publication that focuses on elevating black, brown and marginalized voices in Indianapolis.

 

Through 2 Eyes – through2eyes.com

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The blogger at Through 2 Eyes travels across the state and shares the hidden history that Indiana has to offer.

 

Geeking in Indiana – geekinginindiana.com

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This local blog offers comprehensive lists of geeky things to to in Indiana, as well as articles about a variety of nerdy shenanigans.

 

Bringing Down The Band – bringingdowntheband.com

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Bringing Down The Band is a music media and lifestyle blog working to showcase the world to Indiana and Indiana to the world.

 

Historic Indianapolis – historicindianapolis.com

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Historic Indianapolis is an online media channel connecting readers to places, people and other pieces of the city’s past.

 

The Strength of SHE – thestrengthofshe.com

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The Strength of SHE aims to empower young women with inspirational messages, optimism and a wealth of knowledge to get through day to day life.

 

Heartbeat Indy – heartbeatindy.com

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Heartbeat Indy is a local Arts and Humanities News Collaborative focused on finding good news, and sharing it.

 

Do you know a media source that should be added to this list? Want to write for Heartbeat Indy? Email heartbeatindy@gmail.com.