We know news consumers find value in information that’s engaging and specific to their interests. At St. Louis Public Radio, we strive to provide this type of information for the St. Louis region, but we know we can be more intentional and precise. With that goal in mind, we will focus on reaching out directly to those most likely to be interested in (or affected by) the content we produce during our fellowship at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute this year.
James Harding’s announcement at The Revival of Local Journalism conference that the BBC is “open and willing” to explore partnership opportunities with other local media operators has understandably attracted a lot of attention. But Harding’s well-intended words should not be interpreted as meaning that the BBC is the panacea for the plethora of issues local journalism faces. As we adjust to a world where our regional and local media has fewer titles, fewer journalists, smaller profit margins and a reduced frequency of publishing, we need new models for local journalism to emerge.
If you want the pithiest summation of the problem facing modern journalism, here it is: dollars in print, dimes on the Web, pennies on mobile.
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For an industry closing out its second decade of crisis, there was a palpable optimism at the recent Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) conference in San Francisco. This year has seen the big-budget launches of Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, Ezra Klein’s Vox.com and the New York Times’ The Upshot. IRE was packed with reporters eager to learn how data visualization and other technologies could make them better storytellers, drive traffic and win prizes. From the windowless hotel basement where our sessions took place, you could see a world in which serious news businesses could regain control of their destinies.
There is no such thing as an “average” hyperlocal news site in the UK, but if it were to exist it might have about 5,000 monthly unique readers, take the equivalent of one full-time job to produce – and generate less than £500 a month in revenue. These are some of the findings from a major new survey of 183 hyperlocal news producers (out of an estimated 500 in the UK), which was jointly carried out by researchers at Cardiff, Westminster and Birmingham City universities
Speaking at the Global Editors Network Summit in Barcelona today, digital strategist Amy Webb shared her perspectives on the latest digital trends for news outlets to consider in 2014. From computer-assisted reporting to wearable technology, Webb, who is the founder and CEO of Webmedia Group, talked about the specific trends she believes editors should be focussing on for the remainder of the year. Introducing a presentation that concentrated largely on trends in technology rather than editorial, she called for news outlets to stop referring to themselves as “digital-first organisations”
NYU’s Clay Shirky calls Ken Doctor and me shills and nostalgists for our respective coverage of Aaron Kushner’s investment in The Orange County Register, and goes on to write that the “toxic runoff from CJR and Nieman’s form of unpaid PR is poisoning the minds of 19-year-olds.”
A new survey of hyperlocal online news sites reveals that many of them have been responsible for investigative and campaigning journalism.* Of the 183 sites covered by the study, 42% said they had instigated their own campaigns over issues such as planning disputes, cuts to public services and local
ChicagoTalks was launched in 2007 and covers all aspects of life in the Windy City. AustinTalks has covered the city’s Austin neighborhood since 2010. Meg Heckman reports that both allow Columbia College journalism students to practice reporting, writing and editing, and have helped the school build close relationships with professional organizations.
Ridgefield, CT July 14, 2014 – HamletHub.com a pioneering network of ‘hyperlocal’ websites providing locally originated news and information to communities has launched an additional 15 hyperlocal hubs covering Westchester County, the company announced today. The new hubs will give the majority of Westchester a great venue for sharing news, and continue HamletHub’s mission of making each town better.
There is no such thing as an “average” hyperlocal news site in the UK, but if it were to exist it might have about 5,000 monthly unique readers, take the equivalent of one full-time job to produce – and generate less than £500 a month in revenue. These are some of the findings from a major new survey of 183 hyperlocal news producers (out of an estimated 500 in the UK), which was jointly carried out by researchers at Cardiff, Westminster and Birmingham City universities.
Despite a history of dismal failures, hyperlocal news continues to attract believers — Tech News and Analysis
Hyperlocal news has attracted — and ultimately disappointed — hundreds of entrepreneurs over the years, including the CEO of AOL, but that hasn’t stopped former Project Thunderdome head Jim Brady or the founders of Brooklyn’s Corner Media from betting on their success
Hyperlocal journalism is coverage of events on a very small, local scale. A hyperlocal website, for example, may cover a specific neighborhood rather than an entire city. The focus of hyperlocal journalism is news that doesn’t get attention in larger media outlets, like Little League scores, the sale of a historic home, or an interview with a neighborhood “celebrity” like the coffee shop owner that everyone in the district sees when they get their morning cuppa.
There is still room for success in digital news. Small, local online sites are actually seeing growth in this challenging environment. Survey Says… A recent survey of online local news sites shows that 62% of publishers saw an increase in year-over-year revenues in 2013. Less than a quarter (23%) reported no change and only 15% saw a decline in revenue. For those news sites that saw an increase in revenue, the average increase was 49%. Half of those responding to the survey reported that they had doubled their revenue.