Hyper-Local

Photo by  Anton Muhajir on Flickr and used here with Creative Commons license.
Morristown Green is one of the six incubated sites involved with the Local News Lab.
Photo by The Seeing Eye, Inc. and used here with Flickr CC license.
Citizen Journalism
by Angela Washeck

In a news landscape of fragmented ad dollars, declining print revenues and segmented audiences, it’s no secret that local journalism is one of the media industry’s toughest nuts to crack. That’s why an initiative called the Local News Lab (LNL) started about a month ago with the hopes of finally getting to the bottom of […] more »

Business
by Courtney Lowery Cowgill

When we think of journalists who have built individual brands, national names are the first to pop — Nate Silver, Ezra Klein, Kara Swisher, Andrew Sullivan. But the factors that have opened doors for these journalists to build names and strike out on their own aren’t exclusive to national media. Better access to audiences, the […] more »

Business
by Mark Glaser

Hyper-local publishing chains have tried and failed so many times that it’s hard to keep track of them all. The biggest flame-out of late was Patch, bought out by AOL and expanded until it finally seems to have conked out. But while all these efforts have focused on digital first, maybe it’s time to consider […] more »

Business
by Reuben Stern

Reported by Reuben Stern and Olga Kyle. This week we learn from The Denver Post’s experience developing single-topic mobile apps, hear about Geekwire’s new revenue stream, and explore Crosscut’s hybrid of arts coverage and community engagement. PART 1: Special-topic apps at The Denver Post The Denver Post is one of many newsrooms that has sought to […] more »

Business
by Paige Cooperstein

Revenue at 18 non-profit news organizations increased by nearly 30 percent from 2010 to 2012, according to a study released today by the Knight Foundation. The Center for Investigative Reporting recorded the highest revenue in 2012 at $12.1 million; that includes $4.9 million in donor revenue from its merger with The Bay Citizen.   The […] more »

Business
by Lise LePage

This post was co-authored by Christopher Grotke Ten years ago, when we started iBrattleboro.com as a community news source “by, for, and about Brattleboro, Vermont,” we thought it was important to hear from the people themselves and not just government and media. Media consolidation was rampant in 2003, and we worried that there would be […] more »

Business
by Jan Schaffer

A new study of non-profit journalism sites declares that “achieving revenue diversification…is still a formidable task” for the sector, which reported devoting only 10 to 24 percent of staff hours to business development. There are few surprises in the latest non-profit journalism study by the Pew Research Center’s Project on Excellence in Journalism. There are […] more »

Hyper-Local
by Emily Harris

The Hawaii Independent started as a standard, albeit small, for-profit corporation five years ago. A handful of local investors put their money into the local news venture built by a group of local journalists and activists, including editor and publisher Ikaika Hussey. But after several years, Hussey went back to those investors and pitched a […] more »

Hyper-Local
by Michele McLellan

Chicago News Co-op, a 2-year-old non-profit news site, has announced it is suspending publication and re-evaluating its future. While some of the factors in play are complex and not particularly well-explained by the CNC (read editor James O’Shea’s letter to readers), what we know so far about the suspension does appear to put into focus […] more »


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