Tag: hyper local

by Amanda Hickman

Starting from scratch, where would you start? Last Friday was my last day as program director of DocumentCloud, a catalog of primary source documents and a tool for annotating, organizing and publishing them on the web. I’ve got a few more talks lined up (I’ll be showing off DocumentCloud at SEJ in Miami and talking [...] more »

by David Cohn

I’ve said this many times before: The driving force behind my career has been to increase the level of transparency and participation in the process of journalism. That driving force has taken my career in all kinds of fun and exciting directions, and now I’d like to announce a new one. This year I’ll be [...] more »

by Michael Wood-Lewis

An awful situation for any parent … my wife suddenly needed to drive four hours to Boston Children’s Hospital to shepherd our son through a medical emergency. He was already in Boston, but Valerie couldn’t get out of the driveway. A freak blizzard had drifted four feet of snow across it. If she didn’t get [...] more »

by Amanda Hickman

Spot.Us founder David Cohn has convened a virtual carnival: He’s posing monthly questions that he’d like to see journalists take a stab at answering. The latest: how do we diversify the news ecosystem? He put it differently — “Considering your unique circumstances, what steps can be taken to increase the number of news sources?” — [...] more »

by Martin Moore

It is easy to overestimate the similarities between the U.S. and the U.K. As Oscar Wilde wrote back in 1887, ‘‘We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.” But one of the unfortunate recent similarities has been the parallel crisis in local news, especially at newspapers. In both countries existing [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

If you want to follow the news, the web has a lot to offer: a wide variety of information sources, powerful search tools, and no shortage of sites where people can voice their opinions. At the same time, though, the web can be overwhelming. Hundreds of links turn up in a Google search. Relevant information [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

At the Block By Block “community news summit” in September, operators of locally focused websites came together to share what they knew and learn from their peers. Almost all of them were looking for advice on how to support their sites financially. Here’s a start: “Sustaining Hyperlocal News: An Approach to Studying Local Business Markets,” [...] more »

by CJ Cornell

New ideas, new ventures, new visions: They never turn out quite the way the entrepreneur expects, and often the path to success comes from walking backwards into a great idea. That’s what happened with an innovative digital media journalism venture that emerged from the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at the Walter Cronkite School [...] more »

by Rich Gordon

In December 2008, a class of Northwestern University journalism master’s students — including two Knight "programmer-journalist" scholarship winners — unveiled a prototype news Web site called News Mixer. The site, one of the first to integrate Facebook Connect as a system for identity management, got a fair amount of attention for its novel approaches to [...] more »

by Martin Moore

This week Orkney Today announced it was closing. The paper, which served the small islands of Orkney just off the Scottish coast, was — like countless other local papers — battling against declining circulation and disappearing ad revenues. “Orkney Media Group management and the newspaper’s excellent staff have tried a number of initiatives to reverse [...] more »