Muncie Journal Celebrates 1st Year of Operation

The Muncie Journal Celebrated its 1st year of operation with an event thanking content contributors and founding partners on June 30th.The Muncie Journal Celebrated its 1st year of operation with an event thanking content contributors and founding partners on June 30th at the offices of Woof Boom Radio.

By: Mike Rhodes—

Last week the Muncie Journal celebrated its first year of operation by hosting an event for content contributors and founding partners at the offices of Woof Boom Radio in Muncie.

WLBC’s Steve Lindell kicked off the event, followed by remarks by J Chapman, President of Woof Boom Radio and Mike Rhodes, Publisher and Managing Editor of the Muncie Journal.

“Everyone here tells stories,” said J Chapman. “The Muncie Journal is about telling stories. The story of the Muncie Journal’s start and first year is about passion.  The Muncie Journal started because people care. All of you care about Muncie. Thank you for being part of this initiative. We should all be proud because people not just in Muncie, but cities outside our community—Indianapolis, Chicago, Fort Wayne, Fishers, Carmel and Louisville are all looking at the Muncie Journal and the stories that focus on our economic development, educational progress and what it is really like to live and work here.”

Content contributors and sponsors of the Muncie Journal. (Click to view larger image.) Photo by: Mike Rhodes

Content contributors and founding partners of the Muncie Journal who attended and were able to stay for the photo. (Click the picture to view larger image.) Photo by: Mike Rhodes

Mike Rhodes said, “I want to sincerely thank all of you for your support of the Muncie Journal this past year. You folks are the reason we have been successful. We could not do this without you. Your story content (469 published stories) has been viewed over 127,000 times  on the site as well as hundreds of thousands of social media impressions from people all over the country. On a consistent basis. Just this week we added quite a few new Muncie Journal followers on our Muncie Journal Twitter account from areas as far away as Washington DC, SW Florida and California. Many of those new followers were investors interested in new small business startups, who probably viewed the recent Madjax story.”

Mike went on to offer a few statistics from the Muncie Journal’s first year of operation.

Top 10 Most Viewed Stories/articles (as of July 9th, 2016)

  1. Former Muncie GM Transmissions Plant Land Sale Closes
  2. Muncie’s “Set The Night to Music” Fireworks Display by Grucci Set for July 4th
  3. Muncie Family Builds a Curbside “Little Free Library” in Johnson Woods Addition
  4. Muncie Announces Exciting Plan for Former Industrial Sites
  5. Photo Gallery: Special Needs Prom Held at Muncie Central High School
  6. Two East Central Indiana Non-Profits Merge for Greater Impact
  7. 15-Year Community Investment Puts Yorktown on a Path to the Little League World Series
  8. Cintas Project Board of Directors Announced
  9. Woof Boom Radio Launches a Brand New Free Digital Publication—The Muncie Journal
  10. Madjax Maker Force Announces First Set of Tenants

How the Site is Viewed

  1. Mobile Phone—54%
  2. Desktop computers—36%
  3. Tablets—9%

User Age and Gender
(Male—55.23%, Female—44.77%)


How Stories are Distributed
Main Muncie Journal Website posting
Story link pushed additionally to Muncie Journal Facebook Page
Story link pushed additionally to Muncie Journal Twitter Page
Google’s News Application

Content Contributors and Founding Partners Attending Included: (At least those who signed in…)

Nancy Carlson, Indiana Bicentennial; Carol Bradshaw, PrimeTrust FCU; Frank Daleck, retired newswriter; Kyla Bartle, Koorsen Fire & Security; Terry Whitt Bailey, City of Muncie; Charles Jamieson, Semi-retired/community advocate; Traci Lutton, Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance; Casey Stanley, Ontario Systems; Michael Wolfe, Ontario Systems; Micah Maxwell, Boys & Girls Club of Muncie; Jake Brown, Raymond James; Pat Botts, MutualBank; Jeff Bird MD, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital; Scott Trout, Scott Trout DDS; Susan Fisher, Muncie Public Library; Kallie Sulanke, The Community Foundation; Chris Caldwell, MutualBank; Jenna Wachtmann, Ball Brothers Foundation; Dominic Caristi, BSU Telecommunications Department; Tom Bracken, George and Frances Ball Foundation; Mindy Kemper, Special Needs Prom; Jennifer Johnson, Muncie Symphony Orchestra; Aimee Robertson-Fant, Muncie Action Plan/Cancer Services of ECI-Little Red Door; Juli Metzger, The JMetzger Group; Erin Moore, Ball State Office of Community Engagement; Jay Julian, Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce; Steve Lindell, Sean Mattingly, Jay Garrison, Mark Foerster, Mark DiFabio and John Carlson, Woof Boom Radio.

Click to listen. Muncie Journal audio interviews and commercials broadcast on Woof Boom Radio stations over the past year.