1. It’s the first community newspaper (okay, technically an online newspaper) to spring up in what is generally considered the worst neighborhood in the Bronx.
2. Its sole reporter and photographer, 26-year-old James Fergusson, is a Brit writing about garbage pickup and crime stats in a ponderously genteel style (“drugs remain … a lead weight around the proverbial neck of this 130,000 strong community”). The Times describes him as “wide-eyed by the bustle of the Bronx, New York, U.S.A.” (Can you be wide-eyed by something?) Did we mention he coaches children’s soccer?
3. Its current scoop is an interview with a cop boasting that his precinct is “far and away the [city’s] leader” in executing search warrants (107 this year and counting).
4. An online-only publication, it’s admirably quixotic inasmuch as most of its subjects and intended readers have no access to it: Says the Times, “no one knows for certain how many [local residents] own computers and have access to the Internet.”
5. One of the Monitor’s creators is Norwood News editor Jordan Moss. We like places with editors named Moss.
Mount Hope Monitor [West Bronx News Network]
For Residents in the West Bronx, an Online Newspaper [NYT]