Tag: hyper-local

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 »

by Sandra Ordonez

After a few minutes of talking to Noah Rosenberg, you are reminded of the 1920s journalist caricature that we have grown to love as a society. Fast-talking, witty, entrepreneurial, and passionate about people. However, one major difference stands out — his multimedia storytelling skills and geek power which he is using to tell the stories [...] more »

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 »

by Nathan Gibbs

The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Nathan Gibbs 1. The Philadelphia Experiment: Why a media company wants to be a tech incubator (Nieman Journalism Lab)  2. The magical (and sometimes ridiculous) gadgets of tomorrow (The Wirecutter) 3. Inside the NYT’s hyper-local efforts (Street Fight) 4. Disqus: People using pseudonyms post the highest-quality comments (Poynter) 5. How Google+ Hangouts [...] more »

by Mark Glaser

Journalists love to categorize, generalize and put everything into easily digestible chunks of information. But in our quest to explain something in simple terms, we also can oversimplify things. That may have been the case with MediaShift’s recent series, Beyond Content Farms, where we included Examiner.com in no less than three stories. Examiner.com does create [...] more »

by Davis Shaver

Education content on MediaShift is sponsored by Carnegie-Knight News21, an alliance of 12 journalism schools in which top students tell complex stories in inventive ways. See tips for spurring innovation and digital learning at Learn.News21.com. Universities around the country have had to shift the approach of their journalism programs to accommodate a quickly changing media [...] more »

by Amanda Hirsch

I’ve written for MediaShift several times about journalistic collaboration between news organizations, such as the Climate Desk project, for example, or Public Media’s EconomyStory. But there’s another kind of collaboration that’s critical to the future of journalism: Collaboration between a news organization and the community it serves. This kind of collaboration is critical for a [...] more »

by Andria Krewson

Local advertising is back in style, at least among some big national media companies, and that attitude shift has fueled changes for hyper-local and micro-local news sites. While small independents might not yet feel the financial benefits of an increased focus on local advertising, some site owners are seeing increased interest in the content they [...] more »

by Sandra Ordonez

OurBlook.com is a website that gathers opinions from today’s top leaders in the hopes of collaboratively finding tomorrow’s solutions. It is funded by Paul Mongerson, a retired CEO who has a long history of philanthropy in the journalism world. In December 2008, those of us who run the site launched a future of journalism interview [...] more »

by Andria Krewson

The pace of change for hyper-local news sites and related businesses is dizzying. It’s hard to keep up, especially if you try to pay attention to business moves made by large players, as well as innovations that bubble up from local, independent news sites. This year already began with large companies and investors making moves [...] more »