02/17/2009 - High school buddies named by Time as blogosphere’s best


February 17, 2009

High school buddies named by Time as blogosphere’s best

Running an underground school newspaper in Erie, Pennsylvania is a long way from achieving international media credibility, but that’s just what high school buddies Anthony David Adams and Chuck Steinfurth achieved today, named among the best bloggers in the world by Time Magazine.

Earlier today the pair’s irreverent blog, Detentionslip.org – referred to as the Perez Hilton of education news for its reports on gun-carrying Texas teaches and students handcuffed over skimpy prom dresses - defeated millions of blogs around the world to secure a coveted spot on Time’s Top 25 Blogs of 2009.

Co-creators and former classmates, Adams and Steinfurth, entered the world of dissident education news with an underground student newspaper as juniors in high school, and following multiple censorship attempts – including a threatened law suit - shot to local infamy for their witty exposes on clandestine school happenings.

This formative experience would inspire the pair’s post-college reunion some ten years later to create Detentionslip.org – a blog dedicated to shining a defiant, yet tongue-in-cheek, spotlight on the misdeeds and mishaps of the public school system – providing fodder for prominent education columnists such as Scholastic’s Alexander Russo.

Talking from his New York base, co-creator and serial entrepreneur Anthony David Adams, whose parents are both educators, said he was astounded at Detentionslip’s virtual overnight success.

Even though we had ambitious goals, neither of us thought that within a year our site would be widely regarded as one of the top sites in this space.

When you look at hyper-growth online media companies like Google and Facebook, you realize there is really no predicting how quickly these things can take off.”

Adams said plans for the short term included the exploration of partnerships with other media outlets to leverage content and continue to grow as the top source for education news in the country.

Time Magazine’s Top 25 Blogs of 2009 ranks the best in class blogs politics and global affairs to shopping and sports, from millions of blogs worldwide.


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