Hyperlocal doesn’t mean being obsessive about every breath your city council takes

What I want from my local newspaper (and how I want it):

Little League (text messages), church carnivals (database), downtown characters (multimedia), car washes (video), profiles of people who cook my food and wash my vegetables (multimedia), neighborhood business owners (podcast), garage sales (map), changes in local and state laws (database), local school activities (calendar), local politics (blog), local natural beauty (slideshow), school lunch menus (database), localization of national issues (enterprise stories, databases, multimedia).

How much of the above can be covered by a community news site?  Most of it, really, with some help from a news organization’s reporters, especially the multimedia shooters and database jockeys.

Kevin Anderson asks: “How much ‘lived experience’ does your news site cover?

The answer?  Usually a resounding ‘not enough.’

Published by Ryan Sholin

I'm that guy you know from the Internet.

9 replies on “Hyperlocal doesn’t mean being obsessive about every breath your city council takes”

  1. This is a great point on two fronts.

    1. The key to success with niche markets is to serve the niche. 2. People dig people.

    We can put the people back in the news- not just the tragedy and pain – but the humanity. Local reporting is a vehicle to unite a community – not just inform and make paranoid. Local blogs and news sites can use new media to expand the familiar, dissolve modern fences between neighbors, and inform for social action. There is plenty of ‘the sky is falling’ on the national sites.

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