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Hyperlocal News

Hyperlocal News



My take on hyperlocal news, prepared for a visit to a journalism class.

My take on hyperlocal news, prepared for a visit to a journalism class.



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    • HyperLocal news
      Holly Edgell
      Regional Editor, Patch.com
      St. Louis
      Feb. 2011
    • What is it anyway? Edgell’s view
      Covers the fundamentals of life
      Safety, jobs, money, education, recreation, family
      “An inch wide and a mile deep”
      Specific to a neighborhood, city, community
      Focus on real people rather than institutions
      How do issues, decisions, changes, events affect people where they live and work?
    • Hyperlocal news essentials: Edgell’s view
      Journalists who live in or near the community
      Engaging, direct writing style
      News mix that reflects community life
      Hard news, breaking news, features, reviews, trends, high school sports, faith, local business, etc.
      Video, photos, audio
      User Generated Content (UGC)
      Comments, letters, photos and video, reviews, feedback
      Local voices
      Contributors, columnists
      Social Media
      Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, etc.
    • More views on hyperlocal news (from other people)
      Dante Chinni, Christian Science Monitor
      In an article about why major metro papers should consider more local coverage:
      “What the papers should focus on, the thinking goes, is owning their backyard. They can buy coverage from China, but they can't buy coverage from two counties over. And, some editors will argue, it's getting beaten on that nearby story that is the killer – sending readers into the arms of local competitors such as smaller daily and weekly community papers.”
      “The role of the metro section has grown beyond the old template of stories focused around city hall or the police department set off with some well-written features. The nation's urban sprawl has turned many metro areas into regional city-states.”
      “Creating fuller, richer pictures of these bigger super-metro areas would really provide readers something valuable.”
    • More views on hyperlocal news (from other people)
      “Hyperlocal content, often referred to as hyperlocal news, is characterized by three major elements. First, it refers to entities and events that are located within a well defined, community scale area. Secondly, it is intended primarily for consumption by residents of that area. Thirdly, it is created by a resident of the location.”
      “This type of content should be contrasted with local news, which tends to be less geographically constrained.”
    • More views on hyperlocal news (from other people)
      “10 Common Features Found on Hyperlocal News Sites” 10,000 Words (journalism blog)
      Community voices
      Story submission page
      Fix-it callout
      Community calendar
      Donation page
      Social media
      Contact Page
      Reader-submitted photos
    • More views on hyperlocal news (from other people)
      “Hyperlocal Web Sites Deliver News Without Newspapers” New York Times
      “The news business ‘is in a difficult time period right now, between what was and what will be,’ said Gary Kebbel, the journalism program director for the Knight Foundation, which has backed 35 local Web experiments. ‘Our democracy is based upon geography, and we believe local information is such a core need for our democracy to survive.’”
    • Who’s doing hyperlocal news?
      “TBD is a TV station and website that delivers local news and community information from the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. region. TBD's integrated newsroom brings together reporters, editors, producers, and community-outreach specialists to produce original journalism; highlight news and information from other media outlets and blogs; and engage our audience in a dialogue on news and culture in the Washington area.”
    • Who’s doing hyperlocal news?
      ChicagoNow.com (Chicago Tribune company)
      “ChicagoNow is an online community created by Chicagoans for Chicagoans.”
      “ChicagoNow should belong to its contributors and users. We want the community to evolve as they see fit.”
    • Who’s doing hyperlocal news?
      The Guardian (United Kingdom)
      Guardian Leeds
      “Following a similar format to Patch sites, the site features news, announcements and a map but also provides additional functionality like being able to notify the local council of problems near you and a ‘Contact your Councilor’ tool.”
      (From “The Next Web” blog)
    • Who’s doing hyperlocal news?
      A community-specific news and information platform providing comprehensive local coverage for individual towns and communities.
      Patch launched with three towns in New Jersey in early 2009. Since then, Patch has grown to nearly 800 communities across the US.
      A wholly-owned subsidiary of AOL
    • Where is Patch?
    • Patch in St. Louis
      To date:
      Two Regional Editors (Greenbaum & Edgell)
      One Regional Publisher (J. Furhriman)
      26 full-time journalists (24 Local Editors, 2 Associate Local Editors)
      Sports Editors, Calendar Editors, Copy Editor
      More than 100 freelancers/contributors
      More than 100 contractors hired to gather directory listings
    • More to Explore about hyperlocal news
      “Rolling the Dice” American Journalism Review
      “AOL Aims High With Hyperlocal Journalism Project” NPR
      “AOL Plans to Dominate Hyperlocal News – Can Indie Journos Compete?” The Next Web
      Video Interview with AOL CEO Tim Armstrong
      Interview with Patch EIC Brian Farnham
      CBS News Story
      AOL Bets in Hyperlocal News, Finding Progress Where Many Have FailedNew York Times