The Workshop has categorized and ranked sites into one of five categories:
- Citywide news: news outlets that cover the entire city.
- Neighborhood news: news outlets that cover one or more neighborhoods (such as Hyde Park or Austin) in the city.
- Specialty news: news outlets that cover one or more topics or themes (such as schools or crime) or that focus solely on investigative or watchdog journalism.
- Arts, entertainment and culture: sites that cover the arts, culture, entertainment or dining.
- Aggregation: sites that primarily, though not exclusively, bring together the latest news from multiple sources.