I don't know if it's a trend, but I do seem to be hearing more these days about very local parenting blogs, sites, and communities being sponsored by the hometown paper.
I just got a tip about The Miami Herald's new "Guide for South Florida Parents," which is called--what else?--Moms Miami. Which is just like The San Francisco Chronicle's new all-things-parenting channel, Bay Area Moms [Oh, don't cry! Dads are welcome!] I haven't been, but I'm very interested to see The Santa Cruz Weekly Journal's parenting portal, Breastfeeding Attachment Parents Who Gave Birth At Home [But Don't Worry, All Are Welcome!]
But not every local media parenting site automatically assumes "parent" equals "mom. Raising Bakersfield is sponsored by The Bakersfield Californian. I suspect their inclusiveness is due in large part to the involvement of longtime dadblogger--and Time Magazine at-home dad swimsuit model--Jason Sperber, who runs the paper's community initiatives. And the Seattle Press-Intelligencer dodged a bullet with their MomSeattle.com site, by launching DadSeattle.com alongside it. [In that case, it's probably the P-I's crack reporter Paul Nyhan, who covers kid, family and parent issues for the paper while also publishing a blog, Working Dad , who deserves a lot of credit for the save.]
Newspapers' parent blogs can range from Big Thoughts [like the Washington Post's On Balance, which opened as a frontline in the Mommy Wars before Rebel Dad Brian Reid muscled in and saved it] to Big Tent & Practical [like the SF Chron's excellent, very dad-friendly The Poop], to the personal [like DaddyFiles, which was just launched by Aaron Gouvela, a brand new dad who's also a reporter at the Cape Cod Times, and like Jeremy Olshan's Dawn of The Dad, where the NY Post reporter chronicled their various fertility treatments (they had twins, by the way, mazeltov!)]
What do you find useful and useless in a local parenting site? If your local paper has a great example of a useful, interesting parent site, especially if they seem to be even slightly aware of the existence of dads, please share it below. Or if there's an independently awesome local parenting site you like, give them a plug, too. Of course, hopeless gender stereotypes are welcome, too, for entertainment purposes only.