While we do our darndest to keep you guys up to date on what's going on in Denton, we're by no means the end-all-be-all source of definitive information. After all, there's a lot going on in Denton County. Lucky for you, there's a lot of people in the know who just so happen to enjoy writing about things on the internet (most likely currently unemployed UNT communication majors). We know how much you guys like keeping up with what's going on. We thought we'd throw some links to other Denton news sources, blogs, and the like to help you expand your repertoire. We've done our best to include only currently-operational blogs and websites (things that have been updated at least once in 2015) that are updated on a regular basis. There are plenty of other webites such as Verb Denton, Vote Denton, etc... that offer great information that just didn't fall into our requirements for this post. Follow along with any number of these, and you'll increase your local knowledge tenfold. If you have a particular favorite that isn't included, feel free to list it in the comments!
People of Denton
People of Denton is a photo blog á la Humans of New York in which local photog, Wesley Kirk (whom we interviewed last year), goes along, photographs Denton citizens (predominantly UNT students, but we hear that will change soon) with his trustworthy nifty fifty, and asks them a few questions. It's simple, but beautiful, and pretty addictive. We eat these interviews up like popcorn and anxiously await the next one. After the recent brush up with Scout Denton (an Instagram you should also check out, but we'll talk more about those next week), People of Denton has been publishing more and more so now is a great time to get into this one.
Denton Staged gets local bands to play in interesting locales around town and films 'em. Then, they put those videos online for y'all to watch. We kinda dig it. Check out the video of The BoomBachs playing inside Atomic Candy to get an idea of what they do and stay tuned for their next one!
The blog based on a verb that we used to think meant standing on the courthouse lawn and slowly becoming an alcoholic. Boy were we wrong. Dentoning inventor, Scott Campbell, has kept his ear to the ground in some very interesting places and has a very local perspective on the goings-on around town. You've probably also noticed #dentoning on Instagram which means that if you're hashtagging it, you may or may not be "Dentoning" yourself.
Ramping up to the return of 35 Denton in March, the local music festival is covering not only bands that will be playing this year on their blog, but also fun videos from previous festivals, and some coverage of Denton in general. We actually share a few writers with the 35 Denton blog, so you know we're fans.
Kevin Roden's Blog
Disctrict 1 city councilman, Kevin Roden, keeps an interesting, oft-updated blog on his website that keeps you up to date with the political happenings in the City of Denton. Wonder what they're talking about during city council meetings? Wanna be as engaged as possible with city meetings? Make sure you follow Roden's blog. We'll probably see quite a few posts during his re-election campaign this spring.
DC9 at Night
If you're a self-hating Dentonite, there's no better blog for you than the Dallas Observer's music blog. They'll tell you about all sorts of things that are wrong with Denton and how we need to fix 'em. We'd link to a few specific examples, but you've probably already read them out of anger. A good injection of Dallas knowledge and know-how is just what Denton needs, right? Ugh. That said, DC9 at Night every once in a while gets around to posting a few articles that highlight the cool things going on in Denton in a good way. Also, they voted local long-haired fella, Ed Steele, the best music photographer of 2014.
Austere Magazine is primarily a quasi-seasonal print publication based out of Denton/Dallas that focuses on fashion and art, but they have a pretty great presence online, as well. There are some fun posts with an national/international aim, too. You can normally pick up a print copy of their publication at Mad World Records on the square.
Only in Denton
Only in Denton is a resource to help you shop local. Ever want to hire a locally licensed and bonded plumber? Check Only in Denton.
This Denton-focused sub-reddit is one of our favorite places to get Denton news. You'll stuff like new businesses, missing animals, roommate listings, local deals and maybe even info on that wreck down the street. There's a great community of fairly positive commenters, too, and they even go out to local events to hang out together. You can follow them along on their Facebook group, too, if they let ya join.
Violitionist is a locally-filmed video blog of both local and nationally touring bands. They've been operating for years now and have a fairly extensive library at this point that features bands from everywhere you can imagine.
Discover Denton is actually a part of the Denton Chamber of Commerce, but it's has much more attitude and personality than that would lead you to believe. It's updated pretty often with all sorts of stuff that covers local culture and their calendar is pretty all-encompassing when it comes to well-known city events.
While Central Track is primarily a blog about cool stuff going on in Dallas, they get around to coverage in Denton quite a bit. Case in point: this piece from the other week in which staff writer Cory Graves claims that Denton is "killing it right now," so we've got that going for us, which is nice.
Engage Denton is an effort from the city to get citizen input through the web through methods such as voting and idea generation. It can be fun when you delve into it, but can sometimes feel a little light when users haven't logged on in a while. Let's all change that and log in and vote on ideas and submit our own! Right now, you can even tell them your thoughts on a possible new smoking ordinance.
Of course, UNT's student newspaper, the NT Daily, is a great resource for local news and culture in addition to being the best spot to find out what's going on at UNT. We're often surprised at the level of quality these student journalists manage to achieve. Although, one of us (cough *me* cough) is still identified incorrectly on their website as "Will Dilne," and has had to suffer through all that entails. Oh well.
This site is full of video content from UNT's noncommercial, basic cable station. Much, if not all, of said content is student-created and from UNT's RTVF program.
Denton Record Chronicle
Not a blog, but Denton's resident newspaper owned by A.H. Belo. This may seem obvious to most Dentonites, but we know that we have many new-to-town college students who may not be familiar with the town as well as you are, lifer. The DRC keeps everybody up-to-date all the time. So whenever you ask us questions like, "Hey WDDI! Why we aren't covering this local awful thing that happened down the street?" and we respond with, "Cause we're an arts and culture blog, yo," you can head over to DentonRC.com and almost always find something on what you need.